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Mrs Justice Dobbs

too late to have judicial review over the Bartlet closure.

Costs granted to PCT

High Court judge wants to bring in ethnic quotas over opening up the judiciary


Alzheimer's Society will not appeal court judgment on Alzheimer's drugs

The Alzheimer's Society has announced that it will not appeal the recent high court judgment on access to Alzheimer's drugs,  High court judge, Mrs Justice Dobbs, ruled that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) guidance on prescribing drugs to people with Alzheimer's disease on the NHS breached disability and race discrimination law. The public body was ordered to make changes to its guidance. However, the court did not rule in favour of the charity's other two legal arguments on NICE's evaluation of the benefit of drugs to carers and the costs of full time care. The judgment means that people in the early states of Alzheimer's drugs will continue to be denied access to effective treatment on the NHS because of cost.


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE ruled, in November last year, that people newly diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease should be denied access to effective drug treatments ...



Bartlet Campaigners Say Convalescent Care Still Needed  

Campaigners who have been told it is too late for a judicial review into the closure and sale of the Bartlet have today said that they are very disappointed with the ruling and that the need for rehabilitative and convalescent care increasingly needs to be addressed.

Elizabeth Pearce, Chairman of Bartlet Care Ltd (formerly the Bartlet Bequest Action Group), said that the group had worked hard over the last 6 months to raise awareness of the impact of the loss of The Bartlet, but that it clearly was not enough to win this case. She said, "The sad thing is that the problems resulting from the loss of this facility continue to grow and we can all see the increase in hospital re-admissions and issue of patients being sent home too early. Unlike The Bartlet, this problem is not going to disappear."
The judge Mrs Justice Dobbs granted the costs applied for by the Suffolk PCT, leaving the group to find more than £4,000 to settle this court order.

Mrs Pearce added, "The group would like to extend its appreciation for the financial and moral support they have received form local companies and individual supporters. Without their support we would not have made it this far.
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Bartlet Campaigners Say Convalescent Care Still Needed

Carers who save the Government billions were saddened by the denial of effective drug treatment by the NHS for Alzheimer’s costing only £2.50 per day