English government to show how social enterprises will work

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2493
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Government plans to encourage frontline NHS staff to set up their own businesses in the community will take a step forward later this month, when the Department of Health publishes its guidance on the subject.

    The guide, which will be published on 20 November, will explain how the right of staff to ask to set up a social enterprise will work in practice.

    That right, which was mooted in Ara Darzi’s next stage review, published in June, entitles NHS staff to make the request of their primary care trust and for it to be formally considered.Social enterprises are businesses with social aims. Their profits are ploughed …

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