Nicholas Cavanagh Raymond Bhatt Frank Redmond v The Health Service Commissioner: CA 15 Dec 2005

A parent had complained about the closure of a hospital unit which led to his daughter not receiving treatment. The Commissioner in her report commented adversely on the doctors involved. Both doctors and the parent sought judicial review of the report.
Held: The appeal succeeded, and a review was granted. The Commissioner’s functions were limited to answering complaints she received. She did not have a power of her own to investigate other matters: ‘If in the course of a lawful investigation matters come to the Commissioner’s notice which may affect the health and safety of patients, she has an express power, which in clear cases will become a duty, to report what she has learned to an appropriate authority, whether it be the police, social services or one of the professional disciplinary bodies. But the existence of this important power does not enlarge the Commissioner’s remit so as to entitle her to investigate matters which would otherwise lie beyond it. It is designed to enable her, without breaking her duties of confidence, to alert the appropriate authorities to things which she encounters within her remit. ‘
Lord Justice Latham Lord Justice Sedley Lord Justice Wall
[2005] EWCA Civ 1578, Times 13-Jan-2006
Health Service Commissioners Act 1993, Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Act 1996
England and Wales
Appeal fromCavanagh, Bhatt, Redmond v The Health Service Commissione Admn 2004
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CitedRegina v Northern and Yorkshire RHA, ex parte Trivedi 1995
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Updated: 26 January 2021; Ref: scu.237440