On September 17th the Secretary of State said that he had a preference for NHS providers over others. This change in policy has caused some concern but that debate has not been held in public. In this weeks HSJ it now surfaces in a public debate about the future of commissioning. I have written an article (1,2) and so has the Secretary of State (1,2). The editor has a leader on the topic.
I am sure this debate will contnue in public for some time now before it reaches a settled position. The Financial Times commented in an article published on 29th October 2009