After Sarah Wollaston calls for delay in introducing Accountable Care Organisations, I have submitted evidence about Devon’s Accountable Care System to the parliamentary enquiry

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Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Commons Health Committee, has written to the Health and Social Care Secretary urging him to delay a new contract for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs), due to be implemented nationally later this year. She claims there is a “great deal of concern” over the plans which she considers “have not been well aired publicly up until now”.

This is precisely the point which I have made about Devon’s Accountable Care System -intended I believe as a precursor to Accountable Care Organisations – which is due to begin on 1st April. Neither Devon’s Health Scrutiny Committee nor the public has been made aware of this, and what it involves is still unclear.

I have submitted the paper – with 8 key questions – which I prepared for Health Scrutiny on Thursday to the parliamentary Health Committee’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships inquiry. Thanks to Mike Allen for drawing my attention to this just before last night’s deadline for submitting evidence.

3 thoughts on “After Sarah Wollaston calls for delay in introducing Accountable Care Organisations, I have submitted evidence about Devon’s Accountable Care System to the parliamentary enquiry

    Kenneth Gorf said:
    January 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am not a stupid chap, but I just do not understand the impact on our health services and the cost implications of the issues you write about on this post and your previous post about Devon’s NHS. I am the evidence that the public don’t know what is happening to our NHS!

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    Martin Shaw responded:
    January 20, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Ken, the organisation of the NHS is something even professionals struggle to keep up with. The Government has underfunded the service since 2010 and waiting times for operations, ambulances etc. are getting worse and worse. The new proposals will give the local NHS in each area fixed budgets which will limit the amount of things they can do. They will also create the opening to contact out whole swathes to private firms. We don’t know exactly what will happen in Devon because so far they’ve only announced the first phase of the new system – it’s what could be entailed down the line which is really worrying.

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    helenbeetham said:
    January 21, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Martin, I’ve been trying to reach you via SOHS – have you received an invitation to speak at the NHS demonstrations in Exeter on 3rd Feb? (A response to the national call for emergency action on the NHS via People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together)? You can find me on twitter or via SOHS social media @helenbeetham. Thanks for everything you are doing to support our NHS in Devon and expose the scandal of privatisation.

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