Magazine article Public Finance

Blair Defends Private Provision in Public Sector

Magazine article Public Finance

Blair Defends Private Provision in Public Sector

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There should be no limits in future to the role that private and voluntary sector organisations can play in delivering public services, the prime minister has declared.

Tony Blair, speaking at the CBI public services summit in London on January 24, argued that the era of monopoly provision was over and ideology should not stop reforms.

In a break with previous government policy, he also rejected constraints being placed on the proportion of public services that the private sector can provide. That tactic has been used by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to placate the unions over private sector involvement in the NHS.

'I don't see any reason why, if a GP service isn't working properly, an independent sector treatment centre shouldn't bid to provide it,' Blair told business leaders. 'It depends on who provides the best service. …

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