Filed Under (NHS Providers, Secretary of State) by Paul on 29-03-2010
Blog readers will have been following the twists and turns of the Secretary of State’s attempt to change the policy of the NHS to enforce his personal preference for the NHS as preferred provider.
Last week Society Guardian reported the end of the line as follows:
The health secretary, Andy Burnham, has lost his political battle to protect the NHS against competition from the private and voluntary sector. He had declared his intention to make the NHS a “preferred provider” of health services: some primary care trusts took this to mean independent healthcare firms and social enterprises should be excluded from bidding for contracts. Burnham’s ambition was seen by some as a sop to Labour’s trade union funders, and an attempt to re-establish the party’s anti-NHS privatisation credentials. Complaints were made to the NHS competition commission, and there were reports of disputes in cabinet over the issue. Today, the NHS published its revised guidance, which appears to blow Burnham’s ambitions out of the water. Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, which represents charities that provide public services, said: