'Think before taking the NHS to court'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

Nick Carver: don’t delay vital changes

Nick Carver: don't delay vital changes

CAMPAIGNERS have the right to take the NHS to the courts, should they wish. But health chief Nick Carver has urged anyone planning on doing so to think again - and not to delay vital changes. The chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust said:

CAMPAIGNERS have the right to take the NHS to the courts, should they wish.

But health chief Nick Carver has urged anyone planning on doing so to think again - and not to delay vital changes.

The chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust said: "Just as the public consultation process is enshrined in law, so is the right of individuals and groups to seek leave for the judicial review of decisions made following such consultations.

"This is an important right and one that the NHS recognises as being part of the democratic process in this country.

"I am very aware of the depth of feeling within many parts of the Welwyn Hatfield area towards the decisions taken by the NHS on December 19.

"While I accept that few, if any, would seek to pursue a judicial review just to cause delay, we are also very confident that the consultation process and decisions reached will withstand such additional scrutiny, should it happen.

"But I would urge those considering such a path to talk first with our senior doctors and nurses.

"If they do, they will get a very clear message - they are desperate to get on with making the changes agreed by the health service.

"They fear that delay - which will cost many hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money - will slow down the investment of many £millions in our health services from taking place at all.

"Our desire, therefore, is for key local groups to hold the NHS to account through taking part in designing the services that will go in to the new local general hospital in WGC.

"We have a great opportunity to build something really special, but that will only happen if we seek now to move forward together.

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