NHS Reforms

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This essay will describe the changes and the reforms in the structure of the NHS in recent years; the implications of the current NHS reforms structure will be analysed and the influence of the independent sectors on the healthcare will be evaluated. In the last 60 years, there were many changes in the structure of the NHS in England since it was created. The most important changes were about the spending of money and who makes decisions with legal responsibilities. Practically, patients may not notice any difference in the new structure of the NHS as an organisation; however, patients will visit their GP as usual, but the structural changes will be felt at the management level. By April 2013 new structure of the NHS organisation…show more content…
Failing hospitals at the brink of closure, requiring urgent assistance, will not have enough time to manage any unfavourable development due to bureaucracy within the communication channels of the new structure of the NHS (Nadeem Walayat 2010). The new structure of the NHS organisation provides power at the local councils with legal responsibilities for managing certain percentage of NHS budget. This gives local councils some role in influencing the health and social care services at their geographical areas. Local Authorities now have to work closely with other health and social care providers, community groups and agencies using their knowledge of local communities to tackle challenges such as smoking, alcohol, drug misuse and obesity. Private sectors will focus on profitable aspects of care and ignore non-profitable aspects of care, whereas the government wants to reduce the…show more content…
Another factor that came out of the report was vulnerable patients were not listened to and this undermined the services of the NHS and patients health was put at risk (Francis R 2013). The new NHS reform will be of great benefit for private sectors, because it provides greater involvement to compete with the ability to manage their resources. Responsibility and power to manage budget had been given to some NHS hospital without competition since foundation trusts was established 2003 (Community Health and Standards Act 2003), which is consolidated into the National Health Service Act 2006. There are five key points on the policies of the reformed NHS that will influence the involvement of private sectors in order to improve the quality of the health care service and offer choices to the patients. The five areas are: Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Economic Regulation and Providers (Health and Social Care Act
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