Jeremy Hunt is facing an unprecedented High Court challenge over the potential closure of dozens of GP surgeries in inner-city areas, as the Government comes under increasing criticism for failing to bring down GP waiting times, according to the Same Difference blog.
The lawsuit, brought by a disabled Londoner whose surgery has warned patients it could close by April next year because of cuts to its government funding, claims that the NHS in England and the Health Secretary have acted unlawfully, by failing to take into account the impact of potential practice closures on deprived areas and on patients with disabilities.
The Health and Social Care Act abolished the Health Secretary’s duty to provide a comprehensive service covering the whole of the country. If he gets out of this charge using that as an excuse, it will be an opportunity for campaigners to pinpoint the ‘postcode lottery’ aspect of the new Tory Private Health System in the run-up to next year’s General Election.
In other words, if he wins in the short term, let’s make sure he loses in the long run.
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