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How objective can you be in consultations?

October 15, 2019 By

Can consultees ever provide you with unbiased opinions? Last week, we were approached by someone working in the NHS, seeking advice about the wisdom of consulting the public about the…

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Clued-up consultees give councils a SEND headache

October 11, 2019 By

This week the High Court published its judgment on the legal challenge to the Government’s funding of services for those with Special Educational Needs and Disability or SEND. It ruled…

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Telford’s referral fails to stop the NHS centralising at Shrewsbury

October 10, 2019 By

The latest referral Report from the IRP (Independent Reconfiguration Panel) highlights the perils of taking too long to make decisions on NHS re-configurations. Work on an acute services strategy for…

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Who can say ‘No’ to a new hospital?

October 4, 2019 By

Government plans to spend on hospitals require extensive public involvement and consultation. Rejoice! Hang out the bunting! Pop open the champagne! Celebrate! A bright, gleaming new hospital must surely be…

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Is it ever right to ‘name and shame’ a public consultation?

September 27, 2019 By

In our newsletter two weeks ago, we published an article under the title “The worst consultation narrative of the year?” It featured proposals for service changes affecting the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and unsurprisingly…

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Supreme Court’s experience as a lesson for many judicial reviews

September 26, 2019 By

Lady Hale’s first words last Tuesday were:  ‘It is important to emphasise that the issue in these appeals is not when and on what terms the United Kingdom is to…

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The worst consultation narrative of the year?

September 20, 2019 By

A critique of the documentation published to support a consultation on proposals for changes to services at the Friarage Hospital. At the Institute we are, as you’d expect, fans of…

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Consultation at a time of disappearing trust

September 17, 2019 By

Is a disillusioned public more or less likely to embrace public consultation? Week-by-week, the political hysteria-level rises, and it is a common assumption by the commentariat that trust in politicians…

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Judicial Review – can it happen to anyone?

September 6, 2019 By

This is a list of organisations that have had to appear in the High Court to defend their public consultations just this year so far. Win or lose, they have…

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