Assura Pharmacy Ltd, Regina (on the Application of) v National Health Service Litigation Authority (Family Health Services Appeal Unit): CA 5 Dec 2008

The parties challenged the refusal and admission to the respective lists of pharmacies allowed to operate in the Todmorden and Freckleton districts. The judge had said that the local PCTs had departed from the appropriate ministerial guidance which emphasised the need for competition.
Held: The appeal against the allowance of the entry for the roposed pharmacy in Todmorden was allowed. In the Freckleton case the judge had been too legalistic, and the NHSLA’s was allowed. Neither entry to the list was to be admitted.
Laws LJ, Sedley LJ, Lawrence Collins LJ
[2008] EWCA Civ 1356
National Health Service Act 1977 42, National Health Service Act 2006, National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005
England and Wales
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Updated: 11 February 2021; Ref: scu.278523