Download the Third Sector iPad edition

Healthcare community interest company to be challenged in High Court

Transfer of more than 3,000 staff to Gloucestershire Care Services is unlawful, claims Michael Lloyd of Stroud

High Court
High Court

An attempt to spin out NHS services in Gloucestershire into a social enterprise will be challenged in the High Court today by a local resident.

Michael Lloyd, a retired railwayman from Stroud, will say that Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust failed to properly consider all its options before deciding to transfer more than 3,000 staff, including nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, into a new community interest company called Gloucestershire Care Services with an £80m-a-year contract. He is supported by a local campaign group, Stroud Against the Cuts.

Rosa Curling of Lloyd’s solicitors, Leigh Day and Co, said on the Stroud Against the Cuts website: "NHS Gloucestershire had a number of options open to it, some of which would allow the community services in the area to remain provided by an NHS body.

"They failed to properly consider these options and their subsequent decision to award the contract to the social enterprise company is therefore unlawful."

Jan Stubbings, chief executive of NHS Gloucestershire, said in a statement that she believed a social enterprise was the best kind of organisation to provide joined-up healthcare, and that the CIC’s membership model would give both staff and service users a greater say in how services were run.

"If successful and taken to its logical conclusion, the legal challenge would mean that community services would be competitively tendered, with the result that bodies, both within and outside the NHS, could respond," she said. "The challenge may therefore accelerate the very thing the challenger says he is opposed to – namely the services being provided by a body outside the NHS."

Several other PCTs have already successfully spun out community health services into social enterprises. It is estimated that about 25,000 staff have already moved from the NHS to social enterprises.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

Forthcoming Events

Trustee Forum - Effective trustee and board appraisal

  • Thu 24 Jul 2014
  • London

Accounting for Fundraisers

  • Thu 11 Sep 2014
  • London

Acevo Women CEOs Summit 2014

  • Thu 11 Sep 2014
  • London
RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Advice on risk from a specialist insurer

How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing

Download the Third Sector iPad edition