Here’s an update on our Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice on November 20th and 21st, against the lawfulness of NHS England’s proposed Accountable Care Organisation contract (now rebranded the Integrated Care Provider contract).
It would be brilliant if you can make it to the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday 20th November for a rally from 8.30am-9.30am, and to then come into the court with us to attend the actual hearing. As many people as possible attending the hearing in the Court of Appeal would be a brilliant show of support
On Weds 21st November, at the end of the hearing at around 4.30pm (please check back for confirmation of exact time), we and our Leigh Day solicitor will make a brief statement outside court and again it would be great to see you there.
Afterwards there will be a candlelit vigil at 6pm outside NHS England’s offices at the Elephant and Castle – Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH. We are very grateful to Greenwich KONP for organising this vigil.
Greenwich KONP members are offering to put people up if you don’t live in London and need accommodation – please let us know if you’d like to take up their offer and we will put you in touch with Stacia.
If you are coming to the Court rallies and hearing and/or the vigil, please bring placards, banners, things to make noise with, songs and chants. If possible, please wear something pink or yellow as these are the colours of our #Justice4NHS campaign.
If you can’t be there in person, please follow us on social media and share our updates. Everyone who cares about the NHS NEEDS to know about this case – and you can help. We are on facebook as 999 Call for the NHS and twitter @999CallforNHS
999 Call for the NHS has been very publicly campaigning to stop this contract for over a year, so you’ll probably know that we are challenging it not only because we believe it is unlawful – but because the method it uses to pay healthcare providers is designed to cut costs by restricting patients’ access to NHS treatments.
With this contract in place, decisions about patient care would be increasingly dependent on financial considerations – not clinical need. More and more treatments would cease to be available on the NHS, and more people would find themselves having to go private – or go without.
NHS England’s proposed contract is basically a copy of Accountable Care Organisation contracts used in the USA’s Medicare/Medicaid system, that provides a limited range of publicly-funded healthcare for people who are too poor or ill to get private health insurance.
To distract attention from this, NHS England renamed the contract the Integrated Care Provider contract – the subject of a recent We Own It petition signed by over 33k people and handed in to the Department of Health on 26th October.
We are fighting to protect the NHS4All!
Thanks to everyone for support over the past year, since we first filed our Judicial Review papers with the Courts. And huge thanks to the more than 2000 people who have made it possible to bring this Judicial Review and now the Appeal, by donating to successive CrowdJustice fundraisers to cover the legal and court costs.
Thanks too to Rowan Smith and Leigh Day and our barristers David Lock and Leon Glenister at Landmark Chambers for all their hard work.
We hope to see as many as possible of you at the Royal Courts of Justice and outside the NHS England office at the Elephant and Castle.