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Health department won’t be able to show preference between NHS and private providers of health services

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4111 (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4111
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The Department of Health will not be able to show a preference for NHS, private, or voluntary sector providers of health services or promote one over any other, under new amendments to the planned reforms of the health service in England.

A briefing on the amendments, published on 27 June, state that the health secretary, the regulator Monitor, and the NHS Commissioning Board (which will oversee the new commissioning groups) will be prevented from using their abilities “for the purpose of increasing or decreasing the market share of any particular type of provider—whether public or private sector—in the provision of NHS services.”

This will prevent policy decisions made in the past from happening again, such …

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