NHS England to Appeal After Losing Judicial Review

Following a judicial review, the High Court has ruled that NHS England should consider funding the a pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug that can prevent HIV.

NHS England previously said that it should be the responsibility of councils to provide and fund Prep, as they are in charge of preventative health measures. The National Aids Trust (NAT) successfully challenged NHS England’s stance on this matter, with the High Court ruling that NHS England can fund Prep as the body had the power to commission preventative treatments because it supported “the discharge of its broader statutory functions”.

However, funding for the drug will not be automatic after this decision and NHS England has already announced it will appeal against the ruling.

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Published 3. August 2016 in News UK