News on legal cases in the health sector

Charlie Massey

Exclusive: Doubts over GMC's handling of manslaughter case revealed

Key elements of the General Medical Council’s bid to strike off a doctor convicted of manslaughter were “without merit”, according to an unpublished review of the case seen by HSJ.

Patient transport

Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

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Jeremy Hunt announces review of medical manslaughter

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a national review into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.

Charlie Massey

GMC chief 'had no choice' over appealing manslaughter doctor case

The chief executive of the General Medical Council has said he believes he had no choice but to appeal the case of a doctor convicted of manslaughter to the High Court.

Jonnie Meek

Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.

Royal Courts of Justice

Judge criticises investigators in harmed baby case

A high court judge has heavily criticised the Nursing and Midwifery Council for what she described as the regulator’s “superficial approach” and “flawed” investigation of a nurse suspected of harming her 14 week old baby.


Government sets out plans to overhaul consultant contract

A new contract for medical consultants in the NHS will scrap the “all but automatic” incremental pay structure and replace it with a significantly higher base salary, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.

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Government rejects key elements of Naylor estates review

The Department of Health and Social Care has rejected the idea of matching the proceeds of trust land sales with Treasury money, the government announced today.

Jeremy Hunt

Second judicial review of ACO contract to go ahead

A second judicial review of NHS England’s accountable care organisation contract has been granted permission to proceed.

Douglas Richard

NHS England and Improvement appoint first shared board directors

NHS Improvement and NHS England have moved to appoint shared board directors, created a joint finance committee, and are seeking to avoid ”duplication [and] directly contradictory instructions”.

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CCGs have legal directions removed

National leaders have lifted the legal directions for three formerly struggling clinical commissioning groups.

Helen Vernon

NHS Resolution will be 'bolder' to reduce patient harm

The chief executive of NHS Resolution aims to take “bolder” action to help trusts reduce incidents of harm and compensation costs.


NHS could face more compensation claims after surgeon scandal

Clinicians who work across the public and private sectors could leave the NHS open to more compensation claims following the Ian Paterson scandal, the chief executive of NHS Resolution has warned.

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Trusts in talks to establish 'NHS alternative to PFI'

Jim Mackey is in discussions with other providers to establish an “NHS alternative to PFI”, which would aim to deliver “off balance sheet” capital projects.

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Commissioners could face judicial reviews over IVF 'discrimination'

Clinical commissioning groups that require same sex couples to self-fund intrauterine insemination before they can be considered for IVF funding have been warned they could face judicial reviews.

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Judicial review against national ACO contract given green light

A judicial review against NHS England over its draft national accountable care contract has been given permission to proceed, HSJ has learned.

Homerton University Hospital

Hospital introduces 'safety net' following pregnant patient's death

A London hospital plans to introduce a new cardiology clinic to its maternity department following the death of a mother and baby, a coroner’s court has heard.


Babylon withdraws CQC legal challenge

Digital health provider Babylon Health Services has withdrawn a legal challenge against a Care Quality Commission report and will have to pay £11,000 in costs to the regulator.

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Consultant accused of sexual harassment barred from returning to hospital trust

A hospital consultant has been barred from returning to work at his trust over claims of sexual harassment, despite winning his claim for unfair dismissal.


Exclusive: Private patient transport firm to be dissolved

A company that was heavily criticised over a shambolic patient transport services contract in Sussex is to be dissolved, Companies House has confirmed.


Mental health trusts could be put in 'impossible position' by rule changes

Changes to the rules governing the detention of mental health patients in police cells could put trusts in an “impossible position” if there are not enough resources to improve access to hospital care, leading sector figures have warned.

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Chief coroner warning over 'lacuna in the law' for death reporting

The chief coroner for England has warned of a gap in the law over when doctors should report deaths to a coroner.

Baroness Dido Harding

NHSI and NHS England plan closer collaboration

NHS Improvement and NHS England are to explore closer working including the prospect of occasional joint board meetings, the new chair of NHSI has said.

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Exclusive: Hunt orders inquiry into NHS 'never events'

Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review into preventable “never events” in NHS hospitals amid concern that the numbers of serious mistakes are not reducing.


BMA stance on whistleblower protection 'misguided', claims charity

Whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work has raised fears over the level of whistleblowing protection for junior doctors.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Winners of NHS contract disputes worth millions revealed

NHS England has released details of three arbitration cases between commissioners and trusts, which were arguing over millions in funding.


'Worrying' review into NHS data sharing deal with Home Office

A report clearing NHS Digital to share patients’ private information with the Home Office has been called “worrying” by the man who commissioned it more than three years ago.


CCGs warned policies could break discrimination laws

Clinical commissioning groups have been warned their policies on assisted conception could fall foul of discrimination laws if they treat same sex couples differently from heterosexual ones.

Royal Courts of Justice

Supreme Court gives doctors new power to challenge regulator

The Supreme Court has granted doctors facing investigation by the General Medical Council a new route to challenge the regulator’s processes.

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Clinical director loses employment tribunal over private work

A former clinical director has lost his employment tribunal case after a judge ruled he quit his trust over the impact a reconfiguration would have had on his private work, not over patient safety.