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24 June 2014
In response to Chairman of the BMA Mark Porter’s speech today, Dr Paul Hassan and Dr Nicola Smith, clinical leads and Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes CCGs respectively have said:
“As GPs, our primary aim in pursuing this healthcare review is to face up to current and future challenges and secure safe and sustainable healthcare for our patients. To do this honestly and transparently, we must be prepared to talk to a range of organisations in and outside the NHS.
“We note the BMA’s concerns about our invitation for expressions of interest from health providers; however, it is good practice to engage the market. We are testing different models of care with our clinicians and it makes sense that we should also do this with providers across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This is not a procurement exercise for any specific services options.
“The organisations invited to express an interest have included all NHS trusts, current local providers including voluntary organisations, and some of the major private providers in the UK. We also approached six international organisations, at random, to help us gather information and intelligence of what is available outside the UK.
“An informal event, with invited participants, this week will see around 50 of these organisations share information and ideas. The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review will make recommendations at the end of July with a view to consulting local people on possible changes in the autumn.”
For further information contact: Sharna Reeves, tel 07500 880553; Lucie Carrington, tel 07920 459662; Wayne Rabin, tel 07824 129133.
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