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A good day to sell off part of the NHS? | Fayyaz Muneer #murdoch #hackgate

A good day to sell off part of the NHS? | Fayyaz Muneer #murdoch #hackgate

that in social care, somebody would have to step up their oversight efforts in the face of “any qualified provider”, and it would most likely be the already overstretched Care Quality Commission. In health, the likely candidate would be the well-respected National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) , which provides guidance and quality standards on what treatments are effective and cost-effective for the NHS. The tornado of innovation the increased competition is supposed to foster cannot occur unchecked. If there really are going to be lots of new providers offering lots of new techniques for certain health issues, someone is going to have to make sure that they aren’t merely peddling snake-oil. And until we hear about a beefing up of either NICE, or some other body with the expertise to check whether providers really are qualified, important questions will remain ab...

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