Government urged to rethink privatisation agenda

The NHS is wasting precious time and money introducing reforms that are failing to deliver better services to patients or value for money, according to Unison.

It is calling on the government to think again about its NHS outsourcing and privatisation agenda in the light of the recent ‘Driven by Dogma’ report by the Office for Public Management.

The report highlights the complexity of the commissioning process and the problems of coping with the bureaucracy attached to it.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: ‘At a time when finances are increasingly tight, the NHS cannot afford to be throwing precious money away to the private sector and wasting time and resources on the complexity of the commissioning process.’

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