R (on the application of Thomas) v Hywel Dda University Health Board

Natural justice – Duty to act fairly. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant's decision to cease provision of in-patient beds at a hospital. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the defendant had not erred in law in the manner in which it had approached its statutory obligations to consult or in the conclusion it had reached that consultation over the prosed change had neither been required nor appropriate. Further, procedural fairness had not required the imposition of a common law obligation to consult.

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