Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, ex p Perry [2001] Lloyd’s Rep Med 73 (QBD)

Closure – hospital — home for life – consultation

It was necessary to consider the individual circumstances of each resident of a long-stay hospital for people with profound learning disabilities before making a decision to close the hospital. It was also necessary to look at all that the health authority had said to the residents and their families in assessing whether or not the authority had guaranteed a home for life. In failing to have any regard to the promises and previous statements of policy concerning a home for life, the health authority had failed to take into account a highly material consideration.

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