Excellent Progress - Two Key Milestones Achieved
Application for the Judicial Review. This application has now been made to the High Court. The legal documents submitted (649 pages of them) provide overwhelming evidence that the CHC system is dysfunctional, unlawful and has (and continues) to deny many thousands of very ill and vulnerable people the healthcare funding they are legally entitled to. There are more details of what the evidence proves at the bottom of this update.
Fundraising. We have reached the impressive figure of £50,000, so well done and thank you. That said, unsurprisingly these funds have now been expended on the preparation of this highly complex legal case, so we all need to reinvigorate our efforts to raise more money for the next stage of the legal process in only a few weeks time. Having come this far, I am sure you would all agree that it would be an absolute tragedy if this hugely important legal challenge failed through lack of money. We have one shot at this - let's not waste it.
Thank you again for your fantastic support - but I now need more of it please!
With best wishes,
Rear Admiral Philip Mathias and the CHC Campaign Team
What the Extensive Evidence Submitted to the High Court Proves:
The CHC Decision Support Tool (DST), the process by which a funding recommendation is made, is unlawful in that it can routinely fail to identify people with a Primary Health Need, who should receive CHC funding.
Since 2015, in the order of 50,000 people have been unlawfully denied NHS CHC funding, a financial figure totalling several £billion.
Despite an ageing population, overall CHC eligibility numbers have significantly reduced since 2015, contrary to false claims by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that CHC eligibility numbers have been increasing.
Against overall declining CHC eligibility numbers, proportionally Fast Track CHC eligibility numbers have increased (low cost) and Standard CHC eligibility numbers (high cost) have reduced.
There are huge and unexplained variations in Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) CHC award rates across the country (the ‘Postcode Lottery’), which the DHSC and NHSE have failed to correct, since agreeing to do so after damning criticism from the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee's report in 2018.
A significant proportion of CHC assessments, which have huge financial implications for those being assessed, are being conducted by staff with insufficient training or the required level of specialist medical knowledge.