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Monitor tones down financial restraints on providers of NHS services

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5243 (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5243
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The possibility that providers of NHS services in England would be tied to strict financial restraints before being given a licence to operate have been toned down in a consultation document from Monitor, the regulator of NHS foundation trusts.1

Monitor published a major consultation on 31 July on its proposed NHS provider licence—the main tool that the regulator would use to regulate providers of NHS services from next year.

The consultation comes after extensive discussions with stakeholders as Monitor developed its proposals over the past year.

Initially, Monitor considered imposing conditions on private companies that provide NHS “commissioner requested services” that meant that companies would have to carry on providing these services even if they proved not to be profitable; services would still have …

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