DoH hopes to end PCTs' reluctance to use private hospitals
By Tom Ireland, 22 December 2010
The DoH is to investigate complaints from private hospitals that PCTs are influencing where patients go for treatment.
The NHS Competition and Co-operation Panel (CCP) has been asked to investigate whether PCTs are attempting to dissuade GPs from referring to certain hospitals.
Under the 'any willing provider' model, patients are entitled to a choice of any hospital as long as it provides services at NHS prices.
The DoH, the CCP and Monitor have received complaints that PCTs are urging GPs to refer to struggling local NHS hospitals rather than promoting choice. There are also reports of PCTs setting caps on the amount of activity they will purchase from certain providers.
The review is a signal that the DoH wants to end any reluctance within the NHS to use private providers before GPs take over commissioning in 2013.
Health minister Lord Howe said the review would help inform the ‘expanded operation’ of the 'any willing provider' model in the future.
‘Choice and competition are important in driving up quality and efficiency in services for patients and the taxpayer,' he said. 'This review will help ensure that our commitment to giving patients greater choice is realised.’
The CCP will report on its findings by June 2011.
Latest Articles from GP
Latest jobs Jobs web feed
- Part Time GP Partner Springfield Surgery Surrey Set monthly drawings (net of superannuation) + periodic profit share , Between Farnham and Godalming
- Salaried GP Part time Shetland Islands The Scalloway Health Centre £74k per annum pro rata 7 weeks annual leave, 2 weeks , Shetland Islands
- Part Time Salaried GP/GP Partner Standon and Puckeridge Surgery To be discussed at interview, Hertfordshire
- Salaried GP Church Elm Health Centre Dependant upon experience, London/Essex border
- GP Partner Cornishway Group Practice To be discussed, Wythenshawe Manchester
- Locum GP (SALISBURY) Maternity Cover Agenda Medical Locums £75 - 95 per hour, Salisbury