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Fair playing field review: why ‘fair’ not ‘level’? Build a case for the voluntary/community role

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Link to the Monitor announcement of the ‘Fair Playing Field’ review

Monitor, the new government organisation which is supposed to be regulating the market in the new healthcare system which will come out of the government health and social care reform, is carrying out a review of things that will get in the way of a ‘fair playing field’. Since Monitor’s main function is to manage the market, presumably it will be focusing on stopping NHS bureaucrats or doctor decision-makers from being hostile to the private sector. But these reviews are an opportunity for voluntary organisations, like hospices, and community organisations to have a go at showing how prejudiced both the NHS and private organisations are against the values of voluntary and community involvement.

We really have to build up a case for the value of community and voluntary involvement against the assumption that private sector savings are what it’s all about.

Notice it’s going to be a fair playing field not a level one: I wonder what that means? Fairness that does not mean everyone being treated equally?

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Written by Malcolm Payne

15 July 2012 at 4:52 pm

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