Putting nationalised back into the NHS

4 weeks ago SoS Andy Burnham changed the ‘any willing provider’ opportunity to provide health services to NHS patients back to ‘the NHS is the preferred provider’. In other words, independent providers of NHS services, you know, the ones with the best facilities and lowest infection rates, are now persona non grata. Does this mean contracts that come up will not be renewed between now and May next year?

And now DH, NHS Confed, Alliance et al are pronouncing Practice based Commissioning (PbC) dead in the water. So in other words, are they saying that GPs are no longer going to be encouraged to commission services for their patients? Are they going to terminate the existing contracts?

Altogether this feels like the ‘nationalised’ is replacing the ‘national’ in the NHS.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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