Guess the Author. (PS: the clue’s in the following 2 words, ‘Toynbee, Polly’.)

by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2012

Polly Toynbee writing about the role of private provision in the NHS under Labour:*

There is no doubt that putting some services out to tender has vastly improved certain standards over the years, broken the power of vested interests and brought in competition that has sharpened up results. Just look at how hospital consultants’ waiting lists plummeted when a few Independent Treatment Centres were set up nearby. Suddenly, long waiting lists for hip and cataract operations fell because patients had a choice. The wholescale mass privatisation of a service is rarely needed, but a little gingering up round the edges has an electrifying effect on sleepy outfits. Often, private provision makes sense where small units need to buy in some expertise or back-office work they can’t develop themselves.

Polly Toynbee writing about the role of private provision in the NHS under the Coalition:

Most toxic is the role of commercial competition, with Monitor acting as enforcer. By opening every NHS corner to “any qualified provider”, the whole service can be taken over by private companies, with a few token charities and mutuals. NHS hospitals, cherry-picked of lucrative work, risk bankruptcy when left with only complex cases. Stroke care surged ahead by creating pathways so ambulances take patients to designated units, open on rota, working together. Cancer and heart results improved dramatically, due to collaboration. Commercial competition prevents that – and drains away cash.

(* Hat-tip: Martin Shapland & Nick Thornsby.)

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by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2012 at 10:15 am. Reply #

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by Daisy Benson on March 13, 2012 at 10:15 am. Reply #

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by Mark Thompson on March 13, 2012 at 10:16 am. Reply #

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by Mike Bird on March 13, 2012 at 10:16 am. Reply #

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by East Midlands SLF on March 13, 2012 at 10:17 am. Reply #

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by A C McGregor on March 13, 2012 at 10:18 am. Reply #

@thefalken http://t.co/MUReneUu

by Dave Page on March 13, 2012 at 10:26 am. Reply #

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by Paul Head on March 13, 2012 at 10:29 am. Reply #

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by Ian on March 13, 2012 at 10:38 am. Reply #

@stephentall @SmallCasserole … but the 2 quotes don't actually contradict each other if read carefully http://t.co/TS6uLnej

by Mike Ward on March 13, 2012 at 10:48 am. Reply #

RT @stephentall: Guess the Author. (PS: the clue's in the following 2 words, 'Toynbee, Polly'.) http://t.co/UlpTylpL #hypocrisy #NHS

by ColinW on March 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm. Reply #

She certainly has no problem with private provision of education services.

One for LDV, Stephen!

by Tabman on March 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Reply #

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by Nick Thornsby on March 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm. Reply #

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by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm. Reply #

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