The original proposals in the Health and Social Care Bill
- 'Any willing provider' will be able to provide NHS-funded services.
- Providers to be permitted to offer services at less than the mandatory tariff price.
What has changed in the proposed reforms?
- Any willing provider now called 'any qualified provider' and will be phased in gradually from April 2012.
- Amendments made to outlaw price competition.
- Amendments to outlaw any policy to increase or maintain the market share of any particular sector of provider.
What is still unanswered?
- How will the any qualified provider policy work, will commissioners be able to commission whole pathways of care and how much flexibility will there be for them locally?
- Under fixed prices, how will commissioners extract value for money from providers?
- Will small voluntary sector providers be able to compete with larger providers?