Aug 31, 2021
Court of Appeal agrees to hear appeal by Health Secretary in dispute over interpretation of ‘ordinary residence’ and s.117 Mental Health Act
The Court of Appeal has granted the Department of Health and Social Care permission to appeal a key ruling on the issue of ‘ordinary residence’ for the purposes of s.117(3) of the Mental Health Act.
Aug 26, 2021
Judge expresses concern at lack of suitable accommodation for vulnerable teenager in "depressingly familiar scenario"
A judge has criticised a situation in which a vulnerable teenage girl who “falls between two stools” cannot get the accommodation she needs.
Aug 16, 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care has withdrawn its emergency guidance on the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Aug 15, 2021
Court of Protection approves Covid vaccine for man lacking capacity, but declines to authorise booster dose without another hearing
A Court of Protection judge has approved the giving of the first and second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to a man who lacks capacity, but has declined to authorise in advance the administration of a booster dose.
Aug 06, 2021
The Local Government Association has called for licensing laws to be updated to give councils the power to consider the public health implications when deciding whether to grant licences.
Aug 04, 2021
Judge raps NHS England and mental health trusts over failure to provide medium secure bed for 15-year-old girl
A Family Division judge has strongly criticised NHS England and two NHS mental health trusts over the failure to accommodate a 15-year-old girl ‘M’ with complex needs through a medium secure tier 4 bed.
Aug 03, 2021
The House of Lords Public Services Committee has expressed concern that the Government’s proposals on procurement and commissioning of public services “prioritise competition to the detriment of collaboration among providers of public services, give insufficient recognition to the important role played by the voluntary sector, fail to promote expertise in commissioning and do not align with the…
Jul 29, 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care has fired the gun on the procurement of the latest NHS Resolution legal services framework, which is worth an estimated £772m over four years.
Jul 13, 2021
The High Court has thrown out a judicial review challenge over the lawfulness of a decision by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care during the pandemic to award a £102.6m contract to a company for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), after finding the claim form was not served validly.
Jul 07, 2021
Judge cites special circumstances in allowing claimant to call expert witness in tender evaluation dispute
A claimant supplier can call on expert witnesses in a procurement dispute with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Mr Justice Fraser has ruled in a case management hearing.