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Coalition agreement points to new system of UK healthcare provision

Benenden Healthcare

Ken Hesketh of Benenden Healthcare looks at what the new coalition agreement means for UK healthcare provision, “The government wishes to give every patient the power to choose any healthcare provider that meets NHS standards, with NHS prices. This encompasses independent, voluntary and community sector providers. Such a change does offer many opportunities for the independent and voluntary healthcare sector to get further involved in the provision of public health services. The time is now ripe for these providers to support the NHS and make it more efficient and improve the services it offers, by finding innovative ways to relieve existing pinch points and plug some of the gaps in NHS services, without necessarily charging full private medical insurance fees.”

 

He adds, “Benenden Healthcare believes that shared ownership, mutual ethos amongst staff has a direct impact on the quality of patient care. The promotion of existing and establishment of new mutual organisations, in all their guises, can only serve to promote a more active society. Change is inevitable as technological and scientific advances are being made all the time. The old structures, although delivering, on the whole good, care for patients, are nonetheless creaking under the strain of demand and technological change. What is clear is that patients and front-line staff will need to recognize and accept that reform is on the way. We must work together to ensure that this evolution of the NHS does not undermine its core purpose – to provide universal and quality healthcare for everyone.”

 

Private medical insurance: News update: 6 August 2010

 

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