The interim guidelines consultation is being undertaken by the NHS’s cooperation and competition panel.
Mike Jackson, Unison’s senior national officer for health, said: ‘The focus of the consultation is far too narrow as it is all about how to promote competition in the NHS. There is no guarantee that competition will lead to a better health service and there is a risk that it will put the real needs of patients in the backseat.
‘What we need to see are a broad range of measures, including service reviews, mergers, partnership working and closer working relationships between commissioners and providers to boost patient services.’
- Is the NHS right to promote competition?
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