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Welsh to Scrap Internal Market in the NHS

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh to Scrap Internal Market in the NHS

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The NHS internal market in Wales is set to be abolished and local commissioning bodies reduced by two-thirds under far-reaching plans announced by the Welsh Assembly Government.

The proposals, now out for a three-month consultation, would involve Wales departing further from the system used by the NHS in England.

Instead of a market-based system, Welsh local health boards and NHS trusts would receive funding directly from the government or a new NHS Board for Wales.

An activity-based funding system, which would allocate funds to health service organisations, is currently being developed.

Health Minister Edwina Hart said local health boards, which commission care for patients, would be cut from 22 to eight. She added that the new all-Wales board could be a special health authority, a civil service board or an advisory board that would support an NHS chief executive appointed by the Assembly government. …

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