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Protestors criticise lack of consultation on hospital bed removal

May 22, 2017

Fears have been voiced for the welfare of some of the most vulnerable residents in north Norfolk if health chiefs push ahead with plans to remove beds from a local…

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The provider sector deficit due to be hidden until after election

May 22, 2017

NHS trusts will report a combined deficit for 2016-17 that significantly breaches the maximum control total set by national leaders at the start of the year, HSJ research had revealed. NHS Improvement…

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Minister for Transport sued after limiting tourist season on island from Star Wars

May 22, 2017

A boatman who brings visitors to Skellig Michael has brought High Court action over the Minister for Transport’s decisions to limit the season passengers can land at the UNESCO world…

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Heathrow expansion opposition group questions Conservative manifesto third runway pledge

May 22, 2017

Lawyers from HACAN (Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) will look at the pledge to expand Heathrow, despite the public consultation still running. A campaign group is to…

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Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016: what does it say?

May 19, 2017

The Institute believes that the regulation of lobbying will have implications for the conduct of public consultations. It may have the effect that lobbyists will rely more upon consultation responses…

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Inside the ‘new NHS’: where are the citizens?

May 18, 2017

Where does accountability lie within the NHS? Bob Hudson writes that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders.…

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Campaigners dismiss local plan consultation as a ‘developer’s charter’

May 17, 2017

A campaign group dedicated to protecting the countryside has launched a withering attack on the joint local plan process in the South Hams which it has condemned as a “developer’s…

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Plan to close libraries could be in doubt over ‘flaws’ in consultation process

May 17, 2017

A public consultation on the future of Plymouth’s libraries should be completely re-run, according to a scrutiny committee which found several flaws in the process. Almost 4,000 people had their…

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NHS needs to change, says expert, and both sides of politics should support it

May 17, 2017

Chris Ham, head of the King’s Fund, says campaigning over the state of A&Es and maternity units may be ‘good politics locally’ but jeopardises better care Politicians should support, not…

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Judge rules Scottish government consulted properly and overturns wind farms block

May 16, 2017

A decision to halt plans for four offshore wind farms has been reversed by Scotland’s most senior judge. Lord Carloway ruled that his colleague Lord Stewart was wrong to allow…

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