NHS responds to findings of Monitor's Fair Playing Field Review

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Published on Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:28
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

David Worskett says it is critical that commissioners purchase the very best services.


NHS Partners Network responds to the initial findings of Monitor's Fair Playing Field Review

Responding to Monitor's discussion paper:  Fair Playing Field Review – for the benefit of patients David Worskett, director of the NHS Confederation's NHS Partners Network, said:

"We welcome the publication of Monitor's discussion paper as it highlights and confirms our view that in many areas a fair playing field does not exist and it is difficult, if not impossible, for new providers to enter the market.

"It is absolutely critical that commissioners purchase the very best services. To do this they need to engage in an open and transparent tendering process which allows a diverse range of providers, from both the NHS and the independent sector, to compete for contracts.

"As in many other industries, competition drives quality in healthcare. Greater plurality of provider increases the standard of care patients receive while delivering  better value for taxpayers. Plurality of providers is also essential to ensure patients have a real choice, not only of provider but also of different approaches to their care.

"We know that 75 per cent of people think the NHS would be best delivered by a diverse range of providers. However, we also know that commissioners often have a cultural bias towards the incumbent which is out of step with the direction of travel in healthcare today."

Source: ©NHS Confederation

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