Philip Havers QC, Jeremy Hyam and Kate Beattie appeared in the “Healthier Together” judicial review claim heard on 9 and 10 December 2015 in Manchester. In this case a private company called “Keep Wythenshawe Special” challenged the decision taken by the twelve Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups to choose Stepping Hill Hospital as the fourth hospital in Greater Manchester to specialise in emergency and high risk abdominal surgery as part of a single service.

Six public bodies, NHS England, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, North Derbyshire CCG, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council were interested parties in the case.

Philip Havers QC, Jeremy Hyam and Kate Beattie acted for the defendant CCGs, instructed by Hempsons.