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Social Enterprises 'Can Complement NHS'

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Enterprises 'Can Complement NHS'

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Social enterprises have rejected union fears that greater provision of services from outside the NHS could lead to a fragmentation of the organisation.

In a speech at the King's Fund on September 17, Health Secretary Andy Burn ham said the NHS was the government's 'preferred provider' of health services and had 'always been Labour's priority and will continue to be'.

He said failing NHS organisations would be given a chance to improve before services were opened up to potential new providers.

Karen Reay, Unite's national officer for health, warned that the government could seek to use more providers that were 'one step removed from the NHS', citing social enterprises.

But Dr Sam Everington, who runs a social enterprise community and health centre in London's East End, said social enterprises did not undermine the health service. …

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