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Healthcare laws amended to address privatisation concerns

12th March 2013

The government has announced a series of revisions to its controversial new healthcare policies in order to address concerns that they will open the door for privatisation and adverse levels of competition.

Changes laid out in Parliament earlier this week have clarified the fact that there will be no requirement to put all contracts out to competitive tender when the Health and Social Care Act comes into effect.

For example, commissioners will be free to offer contracts to a single provider in cases where there is only one viable option, while it will also be possible for them to offer an integrated service where this is in the interest of patients.

Meanwhile, the government also underlined the fact that regulatory body Monitor has no power to force the competitive tendering of services, adding that it does not wish to compromise the power and freedom of local doctors and nurses.

This comes as the NHS prepares to introduce a broad range of reforms mandated by the Health and Social Care Act from April 2013 onwards.

Health minister Lord Howe said: "We have taken concerns about the regulations very seriously and want to put beyond doubt their intended purpose. We have acted quickly to address the issues and lay revised regulations."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801555088-ADNFCR

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