Unison criticises NHS competition consultation

Union Unison/CPHVA has criticised an NHS consultation on competition it has not been invited to be part of.

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.’


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