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NHS Futures Forum Says' Slow Down'

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The NHS Futures Forum, which was set up as a part of the government's 'Listening Exercise' in relation to the Health and Social Care Bill, has finally produced its recommendations. The BBC has branded it a 're-write' rather than 'back to the drawing board'. Recommended changes include:

  • Ensuring that the Secretary of State for Health remains ultimately responsible for the NHS. 
  • Assessing the readiness of GP Consortia to commission services before handing over responsibility.
  • Introducing safeguards to stop the private providers from 'cherry picking' patients.

Worryingly though, plans to turn the NHS into a 'market' are still there, although increasing the role of the private sector should no longer be seen as an end in itself. Similarly the Forum has recommended widening representation from GPs to be more inclusive of other groups of clinicians, but not to 'expert patients' or representatives of 'disabled' people.

 

People who want to talk to Oxfordshire MP Tony Baldry and Ex MP Evan Harris about the proposals can come to a Public Meeting at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 16th June at 7:30 pm, organised by the Oxfordshire branch of campaign group Keep Our NHS Public.

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