Francis Maude

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  • Dec.26.2014: Thoughts on the Five Year Forward View. I would think Trusts will have to cease being independent and enter into some sort of agreement with local authorities and CCGs. At the moment we have money going to the Better Care Fund, and Trusts blithely ignoring this, assuming that the govt will bale them out. It is about Francis Maude's thoughts about the Better Care Fund. He comments "I think the disappointment about the Better Care Fund has been how public-sector a lot of these solutions proposed have been, and it would have been, I think, better if we had seen coming out of it more ideas for different groups forming themselves together". He then extolled how Inclusion Healthcare was both cheaper and more efficient, on the basis of one example. David Taylor-Gooby, Socialist Health Association.
  • Dec.25.2014: Healthcare mutuals are not private firms. Your article, which purports to be a factual account of my remarks, is a travesty of what I actually said. I was not talking about private firms, but about public-service mutuals, a programme begun under the Labour govt, supported by Chris Ham of the King's Fund and members of all the major political parties. All the healthcare mutuals that have spun out to form new organisations – including Inclusion Healthcare, to which the article refers – have chosen to be not-for-profit, so to describe them as "private firms" gives a misleading impression. These are social enterprises driven by a strong public-service ethos. It is an infantilisation of our political discourse to present my support for this cross-party programme as a "Tories privatising the NHS" story. The Guardianname=Francis Maude MP.
  • Dec.22.2014: Tory Francis Maude says NHS reforms hinge on inclusion of private firms. Francis Maude has criticised the govt's £5.3bn central policy to save the NHS and claimed it will only work if private firms are given a much bigger role. He described the Better Care Fund as a disappointment which was unlikely to lift the pressure from overcrowded hospitals because of "endless process and bureaucracy" in the NHS. His comments are at odds with those of Jeremy Hunt, who has praised the scheme’s "tremendous strategic importance" and said it will play a vital role in helping the NHS. Launching in Apr.2015, the "Better Care Fund" will see unprecedented investment in schemes involving GPs, local councils and hospital staff working together to keep patients healthier at home for longer so they do not need hospital care. Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, which represents hospitals and other NHS care organisations, said "The Cabinet Office's comments do not feel supportive and do not begin to recognise the immense effort that has gone into trying to make this initiative work by stretching very tight funding across health and social care in such a short timescale". Denis Camppbell, The Guardian.