NHS Future Forum to address training and privatisation fears

The NHS Future Forum will recommend changing the Health Bill to address concerns around the abolition of deaneries and private providers 'cherry picking' services.

Professor Field: the Health Bill should place an emphasis on collaboration and integration.
Professor Field: the Health Bill should place an emphasis on collaboration and integration.

In a web chat run by the BMA, concerns were raised around the scrapping of deaneries, with one respondent outlining that postgraduate medical education is ‘complex, long and highly skilled’.

NHS Future Forum leads Dr Kathy McClean and Julia Moore said the message about deaneries had been received ‘loud and clear’ and will form a recommendation in the panel’s report, which is expected in June.

Meanwhile, NHS Future Forum chairman Professor Steve Field said the report would also address the view that private providers should have to pay a surcharge to support education and training of new medical students, as well as how to stop private providers 'cherry picking services'.

He also said he thinks GP commissioning should be 'clinical commissioning' and GPs need to commission care with input from specialists and repeated his view that the Health Bill should place an emphasis on collaboration and integration.

But he said he thinks competition is a means of delivering improved quality in the NHS.

‘We have to make sure that in our report we give recommendations around how the reforms can make the most of competition and avoid potential pitfalls,' he said. 'Any competition must not destabilise the essential NHS infrastructure that we all need, for example trauma centres.’

Professor Field added: ‘The environment must be around collaboration and integration, with competition adding value where necessary.’

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