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Update on Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS - Round 3

Dearest supporters,

We were very pleased this morning to learn that the government will not now be laying the regulations to facilitate accountable care organisations (ACOs) until after NHS England has consulted on ACOs.   This is a major change. When we launched our judicial review they said that there was no duty to consult the public about ACOs and that the regulations would be laid this month.

But today, in reply to an oral question in the House of Commons from Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's health spokesperson, Health Minister Caroline Dinenage MP said that the regulations would not be laid until after the 12-week national consultation which was promised by NHS England and Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care after we had sought our judicial review.

Now we have a consultation, and the regulations will not be laid. But we still need to make sure that they can't bring in anything like the kind of ACOs they’re proposing.

Please do all you can to spread the word – and to let people know that we still need support to reach our Round 3 target of £100,000 to keep the case going. The pledges have been pouring in - we’re almost half way there, with 23 days to go. As updated yesterday, the Secretary of State and NHS England refused our suggestion for each side bear to its own costs whatever the outcome, so we have asked the court to hear our application for cost capping at a short hearing and have revised the application to ask that the amount we would have to pay, should we lose, be capped at £160,000.

Thank you all so much for your fantastic support.


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