Labour Manifesto - any Qualified Provider
One of the things Labour are criticising is the idea of patients being able to have treatment from organisations which are not directly part of the NHS. It is worth looking at their 2010 Manifesto:In health, this means if we don’t meet our guarantees, for example
on waiting lists, the NHS will fund you to go private.
We will support an active role for the independent sector working alongside the NHS in the provision of care, particularly where they bring innovation – such as in end-oflife care and cancer services, and increase capacity.
Where changes are needed, we will be fair to NHS services and staff and give them a chance to improve, but where they fail to do so we will look to alternative
Patient power will be increased. Patients requiring elective care will have the right, in law, to choose from any provider who meets NHS standards of
quality at NHS costs.
Empowering NHS staff and enabling Mutuals
Central to our agenda for improvement is the hardworking NHS workforce.
We will continue the process of empowering staff – freeing them from bureaucracy and ensuring they get proper support.
And across the NHS we will extend the right for staff, particularly nurses, to request to run their own services in the notfor-profit sector