Hello everyone and welcome to this episode of TheMedicalGeeks Podcast. Today we will be looking
at NHS privatisation. This is a long topic so we have decided to split it into two episodes.
Today’s episode will discuss the concept of privatisation, background and history of privatisation in the NHS. The next episode will discuss the pros and cons of NHS privatisation from different points of view.
For now, let’s get on with our episode, I am your host Makeen and let’s go!
The topic of NHS privatisation has been increasingly discussed over the past few years. With the
coronavirus outbreak, this kind of discussion may be absent from the political arena for a
while, but, it’s only a matter of time before it’s back.
Given the relevance of this topic to healthcare, anyone in the healthcare profession will be affected by decisions surrounding these areas. Therefore, it goes without saying that from being an aspiring medical student, to being an expert consultant, you need to have some level of awareness in this topic.
In addition, you are likely to be asked about this at the interview. Whether it is an MMI circuit that you go through or a transitional panel interview, you need to be aware of this topic.
Use this episode as a starting point for your learning and then expand out by reading research papers or news reports. These are usually reliable options to quote during interviews.
First of all, let’s establish some basic information. Privatisation of the NHS means that the service will no longer be run by governmental/public funded institutions. Instead, it will be run by private companies and care providers.
As mentioned above, the NHS operates some level of private healthcare, this has been going on for
quite a while. It is mainly the second type of privatisation that the NHS has been operating on.
The number of private firms running NHS services has been steadily increasing. For example, between 2006 and 2013 the number of patients treated by non-NHS private healthcare firms rose from 0.5% to 2.2%. Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of NHS services is still run by the NHS itself.
In 1990, there were some reforms done to the NHS. A new concept was introduced: separating healthcare providers and purchasers. This meant that healthcare authorities had to choose a care supplier to provide care for their local beneficiaries.
Moreover, in 2002 Clinical Commissioning Groups, CCGs, were introduced. These allowed private healthcare firms to bid to provide healthcare treatments for NHS patients.
This is a brief overview of privatisation of the NHS and its history. Check out our next episode where we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of privatising the NHS.
In the meantime stay safe, I am your host Makeen and Goodbye.