Scottish health secretary rejects healthcare competition
Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon today told the NHS Confederation annual conference that the Scottish government rejects the idea that competition in the healthcare market was the 'route to improvement'.
The chief executive of NHS Improvement has called for “honesty” and “believability” in local five year plans due in 2019, saying there needs to be a “raising of the bar” on capacity and financial planning.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay
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