NHS Calderdale CCG Questions

A Calderdale Save Our Services Supporter asked the following question at the NHS Calderdale Shadow Clinical Commissioning Executive Meeting on Thursday 17 January 2013:

“While Government policy such as directives over the Any Qualified Provider scheme may require Clinical Commissioning Groups to offer NHS Services to private providers, will NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Executive commit itself to doing all within its powers to maintaining the NHS in Calderdale as a publicly provided service?”

The written version of the reply from Alan Brook, Chair of the Shadow CCE is as follows:

“The NHS is normally free at the point of delivery and based on need rather than the ability to pay. It is not and never has been exclusively provided by the public sector. The hospital will purchase new equipment from a private technology company, almost all medication is sold by pharmaceutical companies, and GPs themselves have always been independent contractors and not NHS employees. The principles are described in the NHS Constitution and this guides all our thinking. Our job is to commission the best services for the local population from the most capable providers.”


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