Whilst most people enjoyed a relaxing summer break, we had our busiest summer ever, with a number of oral hearings and new contract wins for various clients. A significant number of applications went to oral hearing over the summer months and decisions on those are still coming through. One of our cases was in Elburton near Plymouth where we represented our client at an oral hearing. Our client had applied to open a new pharmacy in this busy suburb of Plymouth but faced an uphill task as a previous application had already been refused. In this case NHS Resolution identified that there were grounds to have an oral hearing as we had been able to find new evidence that had not been made available by the previous applicant. The oral hearing panel agreed that access to the existing (and very busy) pharmacy network was not good enough and the application was approved. Our client now has 12 months in which to open the pharmacy and we wish him well with this new venture. This is another example of the importance of presenting the right quality and quantity of evidence to support any application.
A copy of the appeal decision can be found here.