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All change at the NHS . . . again

February 14, 2011

According to David Cameron’s new health and social care bill (published January 2011) most of the NHS budget will be managed by consortia with fabulously corporate names like Fortis Group, The Red House, Bexley Clinical Cabinet and Cumbria Senate.

“Thanks to the lobbying of large private health companies – the accountable officer doesn’t have to be a doctor. Indeed, consortia aren’t obliged to have a board or any patient representation. But they will be tightly regulated by the NHS Commissioning Board, which can set standards for their creation, direct them, have them taken over, fire their accountable officer and abolish them altogether*. It’s as if GPs are being set up to fail so corporate healthcare can step in.Private Eye, No. 1281, 4 – 17 February 2011. *Health Service Journal, Essential Guide to the Health Bill, 21 January 2011.

Here is my take on it.

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