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Small voluntary sector groups risk closure, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3803 (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3803
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Smaller voluntary and community organisations risk falling by the wayside under the proposed NHS reforms, according to a report from the King’s Fund.

The Health and Social Care Bill aims to promote a diversity of providers who compete for contracts. But the report states that new funding mechanisms and the current financial climate will leave many voluntary and community organisations vulnerable and prevent new organisations from entering the market.

It says: “There is a risk that smaller organisations will be unable to compete on a level playing field. This will leave the market dominated by a few large providers who will not necessarily have the trust of, or knowledge about, their local community.”

The report says that many voluntary sector organisations that previously relied on primary care trust grants have few capital reserves to tide them over during …

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