The OFT has announced its guidelines for approving NHS mergers. What these guidelines say, and how, speaks volumes about how the government really regards the NHS, Please take a look at this analysis and spread the word.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) yesterday published guidance on its role in adjudicating the mergers of NHS Foundation Trusts (FTs) and other NHS bodies.
A reading of the announcement, and of the ‘FAQ’ that it links to, reinforces much of what most worries (or if you’re not worried by it, you should be) NHS observers and activists about the way this government views and treats the NHS – and reveals a few new bits of information that do nothing to reduce those concerns.
What’s in a name?
A lot, really. The Office of Fair Trading tells you all you need to know, in a nutshell, about how this government regards health care – a business matter, a financial transaction. A trade, But let’s ‘unpack the nutshell’ a little.
‘It’s independent, Jim, but not as we know it!’
The OFT styles itself as ‘an independent competition authority’. However, for…
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