Clarify role of NHS market or patients may suffer, says King's FundBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7554.1353-b (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1353
- Debashis Singh
The UK government must state unequivocally that it is committed to setting up a healthcare market, involving a range of different providers from the private and voluntary sectors. Otherwise patients could suffer as a result of reforms, said a report published this week by the King's Fund, an independent health charity.
The report, drawn up by a working group of senior executives from the NHS and the private and voluntary sectors, notes how the government has shifted towards a market system. Reforms have included payment by results (where patients have a choice of where they can have operations, and hospitals are …