Monday, March 12, 2012

Competition versus integration in the NHS: A panel debate

On 2 February the health charity The King's Fund held a panel debate under the title Competition versus integration in the NHS.

Taking part were the Fund's chief executive Chris Ham, Penny Dash, a partner at McKinsey & Company, and Julian Le Grand, Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

You can find videos of their contributions below, together with an interview with Richard Lewis, partner at Ernst & Young, that was conducted after the debate.

And, first of all, there is an interview with the Fund's director of policy Anna Young, which outlines the new proposals for competition in the healthcare market and questions whether competition really does improve quality of care.

Its original proposals to encourage competition in the NHS have been watered down, but this remains one of the issues at the heart of the current debate over the Health and Social Care Bill. So I hope these videos may do something to inform the debate within the Liberal Democrats.

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