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Find out ways in which you can support us on the 24th April.
rally outside the courts
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share our updates
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Our Judicial Review of NHS England’s contentious Accountable Care Organisation contract will be heard in Leeds High Court, 1 Oxford Row LS1 3BG on 24th April.
We welcome everyone to a rally outside the court from 9.00am, to support the vital NHS principles the Judicial Review aims to defend. Scroll down the page to see details below.
Our case is based on our deep concern that the Accountable Care Organisation contract is not only unlawful under current NHS legislation - but would lead to restrictions and denial of NHS care, and the abandonment of the core NHS principle of providing comprehensive care to all who have a clinical need for it, free at the point of use.
It would replace this with health insurance company principles, based on assessments of financial risk and returns.
Unlike the present system, which pays NHS providers an agreed price for the treatments they deliver to patients, the Accountable Care Organisation contract requires NHS commissioners to pay a fixed lump sum to cover the whole range of services for the population in a given area. This passes financial risk to the providers, and from providers to patients.
Because if providers were to get more patients needing more complex treatments than the fixed lump sum would cover, the pressure would be on to restrict or deny patients’ access to treatments. Particularly patients whose treatments are more costly and whose prognosis means their treatment is not such good value for money.
This would lead to a two tier health service where those who can pay, go private and the rest are left with a bargain basement, limited NHS.
If NHS England wants to change price setting and payment methods for the provision of NHS services, it should do it in accordance with the law. If that means changing the law, that is something for Parliament - and the public that puts MPs there - to decide.
Nothing good happens when government and its quangos decide they are above the law.
Getting to this stage has involved over 12 months of solid research and working with our lawyers. The issues raised by the Accountable Care Organisation Contract reach across the entre country.
Click below to find out more about the "march to the court" of the last year...
9.00 am - we will be gathering outside the courts with banners and placards.
Campaigners invited to offer short speeches (9.15 start)
9.30am - We welcome the #Justice4NHS Choir & Official Press Photo
9.35am - NHS Campaign & public testimonials
9.45am - 999 Call for the NHS #Justice4NHS team offer thanks
9.55 - Final Speech from 999 Call team member before going into court
If you are unable to attend but would like to offer a testimony or message of support please send us an email and we will make every effort to include your message in our rally.
These plans may alter slightly depending on circumstances. To keep up to date why not visit our Facebook Event page - CLICK INTERESTED or GOING - and you'll receive notifications as and when they happen.
Seating is limited inside the court. We will be updating via social media regularly throughout the day.
Press Release for immediate use. Photos can be supplied.
Press are invited to attend the rally outside Leeds Courts.
The official campaigner photo will be taken at 9.30am