Healthcare law

Patient data: new Data Protection law on its way

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Organisations in the health and care sector will already be well aware of the importance of data protection. More …

Involving the voluntary and community sector in the health and care system

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Research published on 13 April 2016 says that charities have a “legitimate role” to play in the transformation of the health and care system in the UK. More …

New editions of the JCT Suite of Contracts to be published in 2016

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Rachel Gwilliam, Partner in our Construction teams, summarises the new features and upgrades in JCT contracts. More …

Brexit: what this means for Healthcare

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The Referendum campaign highlighted a fundamental lack of objective data regarding the impact of EU membership on our healthcare system, and therefore the effects of an exit. More …

Tendering for clinical commissioning contracts: When do you use the "light touch" regime and what are the implications of doing so?

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The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 light touch tendering regime requires all commissioning clinical services contracts with a value exceeding 750,000 euros (£589,148) to be advertised in the Official Journal of the EU, subject to very limited exception. More …

Private healthcare – competition

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The CMA published a finding on 10 November 2015 that lack of price competition is harming private healthcare customers. It expects to publish its final report and any decision on remedies by March 2016. Watch out for further briefings on this. More …

Procurement

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The new EU directive on public procurement was adopted on 18 April 2014 and transposed into domestic law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with effect from 26 February 2015 as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (Regulations) More …

Co-commissioning: ripe for conflict?

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When the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into being, it attempted to put in place structural safeguards against conflicts of interest in health commissioning: if GPs were to commission secondary care services, then at least those GPs couldn’t commission themselves to deliver primary care. More …

Accessible information standard

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By 31 July 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care (including GP Practices) must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard. More …

Delayed transfers of care

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Delayed transfers of care continue to create significant inefficiencies in the healthcare system. More …