Updated on 19 October 2017, these NHS organograms explain how providers are regulated and commissioned, and how the money flows.
Department of Health (2017). Annual report and accounts 2016-17. London: Department of Health. Available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-2016-to-2017
National Audit Office (2017). A short guide to the Department of Health and NHS England. London: The Stationery Office. Available at: www.nao.org.uk/report/short-guide-for-health/
NHS England (2016). Our 2016/17 business plan. London: NHS England. Available at: www.england.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-england-business-plan-201617/
A couple of concerns:
* No mention of the role of the Secretary of State for Health. What is his role now following the Health and Social Care Act 2012? Is he still ultimately accountable for the NHS to Parliament?
* The unwritten rules of the game are changing and maybe these need to be aired because clearly there is a lack of transparency about what they could mean. I'm referring to the role of the private sector in healthcare. Yes, it has been embedded in the NHS since 1948. However, what we've seen since 1990, but with an increasing escalation since the 2012 Act, is the marketization of the system. Look no further than what's happening with the estate function, private finance projects, Prop-co let alone the range of clinical and non clinical services being privatised. Accountable Care Organisations are modelled on the US private healthcare system.
Readers may wish to refer to Allyson Pollock's work ahttps://www.allysonpollock.com/ and indeed consider lobbying their MP to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2017 http://www.nhsbillnow.org/
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