'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS' - Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On 12th July 2010, the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, announced the publication of the Government's flagship Health White Paper, 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS'.The 57 page document outlines a vision of an NHS where GPs are the commissioners of care; where there is competition between providers within a regulated framework; and where patients are empowered through an "information revolution" and can make educated decisions and informed choices about their own care. While some of these concepts have been proposed and, to some extent, advanced by the previous Labour Government, the new White Paper marks an ambitious and radical attempt to fully implement these revolutionary principles in a synchronised and far-reaching manner. In this commentary paper, Stuart Carroll and Gary Jones from the Bow Group Health Policy Committee evaluate the Government's NHS White Paper focusing on five prevailing themes: 1) The GP commissioning revolution; 2) quality and outcomes; 3) public health and prevention; 4) efficiency savings and QUANGOs; and 5) value and innovation.    Download the full paper by clicking on the link below.