Don’t weaken the role of Monitor, spokesman for private and charity providers says

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3150
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Weakening the role of Monitor in the regulation of the NHS, as suggested by the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, would be a mistake, a seminar has been told.

David Worskett, director of the NHS Partners Network, told a seminar in London this week that a specialist regulator such as Monitor was needed. “If you have a diversity of providers in the NHS, Monitor is the solution, not the problem,” he said. “If you want to avoid cherry-picking, you need an expert regulator.

“If you don’t allow the regulator to work out a proper competition regime, then issues of competition will go to the Office for Fair Trading or to the courts, where you may not get consistent rulings. The challenges are most likely to come from foundation trusts, not the private sector, and to deal with that you need a …

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