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.