Magazine article Public Finance

DoH Told to Spell out Private Sector's NHS Role

Magazine article Public Finance

DoH Told to Spell out Private Sector's NHS Role

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The Department of Health must give the private sector clarity over what role it can play in the NHS or else risk escalating costs and stagnation, a report by the King's Fund has warned.

The report, Desifpiingthe 'new' NHS, by a working group made up of private health providers, the voluntary sector, academics and NHS commissioners, argues that the DoH needs to state unequivocally' what it wants from the private and voluntary sectors and stop setting limits on their involvement in the NHS market.

The report argues: 'Clarity on the intended composition of the supplier market matters because large parts of the private and voluntary sectors retain doubts over whether they are merely being used as a short-term tool - one that will later be discarded - to stimulate better performance from the public sector; or whether they have a long-term future as suppliers of care to the NHS:

It warns that without certainty, both private and voluntary sector providers 'will be more cautious about investment; they may be less innovative; and the government. …

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