The overhaul of the NHS in England presents “huge opportunities” to the private sector, a health minister says.
Lord Howe also said it should not matter “one jot” who provided care to NHS patients as long as it was free at the point of delivery. The comments – made in a speech to private health groups in London – have reignited the row over the future role of competition in the NHS.
Areas to think about:
- Lord Howe went on to say: “To be honest I don’t think it should matter one jot whether a patient is looked after by a hospital or a medical professional from the public, private or charitable sector”. Does it matter? Why? Why not? Is there any evidence to support your opinion either way?