Cambridge Health Authority, ex p B [1995] 2 All ER 129 (CA)

Resources – rationing – medical treatment – role of courts

On an application for judicial review relating to medical treatment, the court could only consider the lawfulness of the decision at issue. It was not for the court to decide between conflicting medical opinions or to decide how a health authority’s limited budget should be allocated between opposing claims on its resources. A court was not in a position to decide on the correctness of the difficult and agonising judgements which had to be made by health authorities as to how a limited budget was best allocated to the maximum advantage of the maximum number of patients.

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