Will competition be a help or a hindrance?

Providers under pressure series
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The King's Fund

Event highlights

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network, Catherine Davies, Executive Director of Co-operation and Competition at Monitor, and John Appleby, Chief Economist of The King's Fund, discussed a number of topics related to the extension of competition in the NHS.

Highlights from this event

Chris Hopson: Will competition be a help or a hindrance?

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Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network, gave his view from the front line, arguing for the separation of choice and competition, and suggested that competition was a block to innovation in health care.

Listen to Chris's presentation

Catherine Davies: Monitor's role in regulation and competition in the NHS

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Catherine Davies, Executive Director of Co-operation and Competition at Monitor, explained the role that Monitor will play in service reconfiguration and economic and quality regulation.

Listen to Catherine's presentation

John Appleby: Competition in the NHS: good or bad (or something else)

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John Appleby discusses whether or not competition is a positive thing for the NHS, looking at the evidence behind the arguments.

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About this event

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the government's recent health reforms was the extension of competition in the NHS. Debate since the reforms came into force has largely focused on the potential impact of new entrants to the market. But, with many hospitals currently contemplating mergers, partnerships and other collaborative ventures, the application of competition rules could be just as significant for the relationships between existing NHS providers. This event discussed how the new competition regime is being implemented and how it is affecting providers.