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This campaign ended on December 16, 2017 at 1PM

What is this campaign about?

We are seeking a judicial review to stop Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.

These non-NHS bodies would be called Accountable Care Organisations” (“ACOs). They would be governed by company and contract law and can be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services.

ACOs were conceived in the US about twelve years ago. In this short clip, two leading American academics talk about the effect of Accountable Care Organisations and private health care in the US. ACOs are being imported into England although they are not recognised in any Act of Parliament.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXALnxxIeTk


Upon joining the case, Professor Stephen Hawking made this statement:

“I have been lucky to receive first-rate care from the NHS. It is a national institution, cherished by me and millions of others, and which belongs to all of us. I am joining this legal action because the NHS is being taken in a direction which I oppose, as I stated in August, without proper public and parliamentary scrutiny, consultation and debate.

I am concerned that accountable care organisations are an attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS. They have not been established by statute, and they appear to be being used for reducing public expenditure, for cutting services and for allowing private companies to receive and benefit from significant sums of public money for organising and providing services. I want the attention of the people of England to be drawn to what is happening and for those who are entrusted with responsibility for the NHS to account openly for themselves in public, and to be judged accordingly.”

You can read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/08/stephen-hawking-lawsuit-foiling-jeremy-hunt-nhs-shake-up  



Who are we?

 
The case is being led by Professor Allyson Pollock
, a public health doctor and reknowned NHS campaigner, also a Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University, founding member of Keep Our NHS Public, former chair of the NHS Consultants’ Association, and co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill with Peter Roderick whose assistance she has on the legal campaign. She is joined by Professor Sue Richards, Dr Graham Winyard CBE and Dr Colin Hutchinson who are claimants in the case along with Professor Hawking.

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Legal campaign seeking to challenge stealth introduction of 'American-style' Accountable Care Organisations to England's NHS.

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