Michael Imperato highlights the dangers of NHS trusts cutting corners on public involvement in service changes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are two important questions that decision makers have regularly faced during the Covid pandemic. When is public involvement in a controversial service change not public involvement, and what latitude should be allowed for decisions taken at speed in a pandemic?

A case involving a hospital reorganisation in Granthem, Lincolnshire, is a cautionary tale for any parts of the National Health Service (NHS) that think they might escape scrutiny if they cut corners on public involvement in service changes during the pandemic.

The United Lincolnshire NHS Trust was found to have acted unlawfully when it failed to properly consult service users before temporarily closing a hospital's A&E department at the peak of the first...

Michael Imperato
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