On 1 April 2009, the administration of the FHSAA
will transfer to the jurisdiction of the Tribunals Service, an executive
agency of the Ministry of Justice. For further information please
refer to the attached:
to Primary Care Trusts in England
to Local Health Boards in Wales
to Parties and Stakeholders
The FHSAA is an independent non-departmental tribunal controlled
by the President. The FHSAA is completely independent of the Department
of Health, is not a Special Health Authority, and it is not accountable
to the Secretary of State for Health. Appeals and Applications are
made to it directly.
The FHSAA's President and members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor.
It works to procedural rules issued by the Lord Chancellor after
consulting the Council on Tribunals. Those rules, along with the
Primary Care Act Regulations, can be found at:
The Family Health Services Appeal Authority (Procedure)
Rules 2001 <http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2001/20013750.htm> & amendment to those Rules at: <http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2002/20021921.htm>
The President will allocate appeals and applications to panels
normally consisting of a legal chairman, a professional member,
and a lay member. The panels will hold oral hearings into the matters
referred to them unless the Appellant or Applicant says that they
do not want one. Panels may give their decisions at the end of the
hearing or they may reserve their determination.
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