by Ian Shires on 28 February, 2012
Nick Clegg has set out changes to the NHS reforms which he says should mean the bill can be passed into law.
In a letter co-signed by Lib Dem peer Baroness Williams, the deputy prime minister sets out amendments he wants to see which would limit competition and the role of the private sector.
Downing Street said they were “not significant amendments – they are areas where reassurance is required”.
…Mr Clegg said he supported five “final” changes to the bill which aims to give GPs control of much of the NHS budget and would open up the health service to greater competition from the private and voluntary sector.
The changes suggested are:
-Reducing the remit of the Competition Commission
-Watchdog Monitor to require Foundation Trusts to put patients’ interests first
-Insulating the NHS from the full force of competition law to prevent private takeovers of hospitals
-Members of new care commissioning groups to have to declare financial interests
-Foundation Trusts required to get permission from their governors before carrying out extra private work.
* Newshound sets the agenda, as you would expect from a Red Setter