Choice and competition

NHS and public service reform event series
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Venue: 
The King's Fund

Event highlights

Against the backdrop of radical reform of the NHS and a public service reform White Paper due imminently, the first in our series of breakfast events offered a timely opportunity to discuss choice and competition in the context of wider public service reform.

Presentations from the breakfast event

Carol Propper, Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School, talks about international perspectives on choice and competition in health care and outlines the potential for competition to deliver quality improvements in the NHS.

Anna Walker, Chair, Office of Rail Regulation Board, draws on her experience of the competition regime in the utilities sector to discuss what choice and competition can offer the NHS.

Dr Stephen Dunn, Director of Strategy, NHS East of England, explains how NHS East of England has used competition to drive up quality, outcomes and efficiency and improve health care for the people in the region.

About the NHS and public service reform series

With reform in health care, education, welfare and criminal justice under way, and a new public service reform White Paper due soon, our breakfast events provide an opportunity to discuss the coalition government’s approach to public service reform and its implications for health care and the NHS.

The first event focused on choice and competition in the context of wider public service reform. The Health and Social Care Bill goes much further than previous reforms in applying market-based principles to the provision of health care and will significantly increase the role of competition and choice for patients.