Patients are ready for privatised care, health chief claims

Chris Smyth reports in The Times 6th May 2014: Patients are ready for privatised care, health chief claims

They aren’t having much choice. If the old style physiotherapy service is run down, and waiting times make it useless, then patients will embrace any new service. Now if co-payments were allowable…

The Mid Staffordshire scandal, in which hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly, has made patients more willing to accept private companies providing NHS care, the head of an outsourcing company has claimed.

Valerie Michie, managing director of Serco Health, said that a huge shift was under way, with big contracts on offer to privatise care for older people and cancer patients in two parts of the country. However, she said there was a good chance that these projects would go wrong, acknowledging that business and government had a poor record in drawing up effective contracts……

NHS, Cartoon, privatisation, Matt Buck hack Cartoons, Hampshire Chronicle

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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