As a result of Jeremy Hunt’s recent decision about the reconfiguration proposals, the parties have agreed that the judicial review claim, that was due to be heard on 12th to 14th June 2018, should be stayed to allow the local NHS organisations to undertake the further work recommended by the IRP. The court has approved a stay in proceedings until 24 September 2018.
Yogi Amin, partner and Head of Public Law and Human Rights at Irwin Mitchell said “the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) has required the Trust and CCGs take the further action and has emphasised that until this takes place, a final decision cannot be made about the future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. The IRP has sent a very clear message that the current proposals are not in the best interests of local people and has stated that the current proposals differ sufficiently from those contained in the consultation to warrant renewed engagement with local stakeholders. Our clients very much hope that the Trust and CCGs will now go back to the drawing board and respond to the concerns of local people in a meaningful way and undertake the further work in a transparent way. We will continue to scrutinise the work undertaken and ensure that a lawful process is followed.”