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Through our role of providing legal advice to CHCs on a wide range of issues the legal services department afforded a birds eye perspective on the workings of the NHS. We were often at the forefront of identifying problems as they arose. Here are some of the issues we dealth with before Abolition.

Legal Pages

What could have done for you before Abolition? - who we were
Fact Sheets - key issues in concise form
Briefings - article length analyses
Case Law Updates - key recent cases
Sample Enquiries - questions you asked us


Tax on Illness: A guide to NHS charges

This sets down the legal basis of the various charges which the NHS is entitled to levy. These are chiefly but not exclusively for prescriptions, dentistry and ophthalmology. In addition it surveys the history of charging, the forces pushing for its extension and the negative consequences for public health and equity. It concludes with a list of policy recommendations.