Family Health Services Appeal Authority



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:

Letter to Primary Care Trusts in England

Letter to Local Health Boards in Wales

Notice 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 <> & amendment to those Rules at: <>

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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