Odstock will not go to High Court

The body set up to take on a Salisbury hospital's private patients has decided not to appeal to the High Court against the Charity Commission's decision not to grant it charitable status.

Lawyers for Odstock Private Care said it had decided not to appeal because of the likely expense. Odstock was set up by Salisbury District Hospital to avoid the cap on income from private patient numbers at NHS Foundation Trusts.

The regulator ruled last year that Odstock's purposes were not wholly charitable because they would benefit private medicine (Third Sector Online, 14 December 2007).

The Charity Tribunal, to be launched in February, will give organisations such as Odstock a cheaper way to challenge the commission's decisions than the courts.

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