#JR4NHS in court this week

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How ludicrous that in the year of the 70th anniversary of the founding of our NHS, a campaign group has to go to court to stop the current Secretary of State for Health and Social Care implementing his privatisation plans via Accountable Care Organisations.

Aneurin Bevan would be appalled.

Wednesday this week, (23rd May 2018) sees the campaign Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS in the Royal Courts of Justice.

I quote from the campaign update:

When the case started in December 2017, NHS England was planning to introduce the first Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) by April 2018. The Government was planning to rubber stamp swathes of regulations so that ACOs could operate.

Following massive public support, NHS England promised a full national consultation on the plans. And the Government said it will not make the regulations until after the consultation. That satisfied 2 of our 4 grounds for judicial review – our first victories.

But, at worst, ACOs and the regulations have only been delayed by one year. The policy to introduce ACOs is still very much in place. We need to win this court case to land a serious blow to plans to privatise the NHS.

Read the full campaign update here.

Hopefully the news will be good and justice will prevail.

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