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House of Lords slams use of Mental Capacity Act - demands a complete re-write of the DOLS legislation and setting up of an oversight body

United Kingdom - March 13 2014 The House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was published this morning. This is the Act that governs how to assess if a…

The future of commissioning support excludes privatisation

United Kingdom - February 17 2014 Commissioning support units (CSUs) will not be privatised when they are made independent in 2016 under new plans released by NHS England. The…

Proposed amendment to failure regime - a huge step to re-centralising power?

United Kingdom - November 8 2013 As readers will know, the Secretary of State has now lost two court hearings regarding the future of A&E and maternity service at Lewisham Hospital…

NAO report - emergency admissions to hospital: managing the demand

United Kingdom - November 8 2013 The National Audit Office published a report on 31 October, on managing the demand for emergency admissions to hospital. It scarcely needs saying…

Reconfiguring services: when must NHS bodies consult the public? How do they go about doing it? And how can they protect themselves from legal challenge?

United Kingdom - October 22 2013 The law requires commissioners (and providers) to involve the public when making changes to the provision of NHS healthcare. NHS bodies discharge…

Duncan Astill, Jill Mason, Katrina McCrory, Jane Williams.