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JR4NHS need your help to stop the ACOs!

We've had some great news regarding the legal challenge against ACOs. JR4NHS have secured the concession from NHS England that there must be a national public consultation on ACOs, and no ACO contract will be signed until the consultation has taken place.

This is great news as ACO plans are essentially a way of turning local NHS boards into insurance firms. Here are some facts about ACOs:

  1. ACOs will be given the money for your care as an insurance premium, and will pay out only for certain treatments - like an insurance company.
  2. ACOs will in many cases be handed over to actual insurance companies and other private firms.
  3. ACOs will be able to decide what care is free and what they can charge patients for.
  4. ACOs will be paid more if they 'save' money (i.e. spend less money on front-line services).
  5. ACOs will be subject to commercial rules and will hide behind the veil of 'corporate confidentiality'.
  6. ACOs are not recognised in any Act of Parliament and as such have no legal basis.

Now a judge has ruled that arguments on the lawfulness of the ACO policy itself should be heard. But there's a problem - NHS England and the government are resisting every step of the way and running up legal costs. Without a cap on costs, JR4NHS need to raise further funds to cover the possibility of having to pay NHS England's costs.

Please support JR4NHS and help us defeat the ACOs: