Health

Unison withdraws claim of right to NHS judicial review

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Image caption The government wants GPs to take on more responsibility

Unison has withdrawn its claim that it had won the right to seek a judicial review of government plans for changes to the NHS in England.

The union now says it is still waiting for a decision by a High Court judge.

Unison is seeking to challenge plans by the government to give GPs control of their own budgets, and abolish the existing local health trusts.

It says the proposals were not in the election manifestos of either the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats.

Unison put out the correction at 2120 BST, just under three hours after it had said its bid for a judicial review had been successful.

The government's plans for radical changes to the health service in England were published in a white paper in July.

The proposed abolition of primary care trusts came as a surprise to many within the NHS, as the coalition programme for government had envisaged a continuing role for the NHS organisations.

Unison argues that the public should have a legal right to be consulted on the changes, which it describes as "drastic".

The government says it is making every effort to listen to members of the public, unions, and NHS staff about the proposals.

It claims that the changes would mean greater choice and accountability, and it wants to see them completed across England by April 2013.

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