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TOPIC: Watchdog forces 13 CCGs to back down over NHS institution threat

Watchdog forces 13 CCGs to back down over NHS institution threat 01 Jun 2018 12:41 #8272

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The equality and human rights watchdog has forced 13 NHS primary care organisations to withdraw unlawful, discriminatory policies that could have seen service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had written to the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the first step in a potential judicial review of their policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).

But it announced this morning (Thursday) that all 13 CCGs had now agreed to revise their policies following the threat of legal action by the commission.

EHRC said the move “resolves nearly eight months of disagreements” over the “unlawful” policies.

In March 2018, EHRC threatened to judicially review the 13 CCGs* over concerns about their “blanket” NHS CHC policies which had “placed arbitrary caps on funding and failed to consider the specific needs of individual patients”.

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