Monitor chief executive assures GPs over regulator's new role

New powers given to Monitor will not stop GPs working closely with hospital trusts, the regulator has stressed.

Dr David Bennett: there should not be 'competition for competition's sake'
Dr David Bennett: there should not be 'competition for competition's sake'

From 2013, Monitor will have the power to remove the licence of providers where there is evidence of anti-competitive behaviour.

The BMA , Labour and the health select committee are concerned that the power handed to Monitor in the Health Bill will force consortia to encourage competition and end collaboration between GPs and secondary care collagues.

But responding to the Health Bill, Monitor’s interim chief executive Dr David Bennett said there should not be 'competition for competition's sake.' He ‘strongly supports’ the reforms and said there will still be room for NHS hospital trusts, which will all become foundation trusts by 2013, to ‘work closely' with GPs.

'In Monitor’s view, introducing more competition into healthcare is an important step in raising the productivity of the sector and delivering ever higher quality care for patients. 

'However, competition must be seen as a means and not an end in itself.  We do not support competition for its own sake, but as a way to drive innovation, quality and efficiency,' he said.

Editor's blog: Will the Health Bill mean more competition and privatisation of NHS services?

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