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CSP highlights tendering and funding issues in response to NHS mandate consultation

23 October 2013 - 1:36pm

The CSP has called for clarification on commissioners’ tendering requirements as part of its response to government proposals to refresh the NHS mandate.

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The original mandate was published in 2012, setting out the Department of Health's requirements from the NHS in England for 2013-2015

The CSP has called for clarification on commissioners’ tendering requirements as part of its response to government proposals to refresh the NHS mandate.

The society says the new mandate must make it clear to NHS commissioners that they have an option not to put services out to tender, following proposals that the mandate would instruct NHS England to work with the regulator Monitor towards creating a ‘fair playing field for providers’.

The original mandate covering 2013 to 2015 was published in 2012. It set out the Department of Health’s requirements from the NHS in England during those two years.

The government decided to update the mandate to deal with issues such as:

  • responses to the Francis inquiry and the review of care at Winterbourne View
  • widening the use of the ‘friends and family’ recommendation test in the NHS
  • greater focus on mental health crisis intervention
  • improving care for vulnerable older people

In its official response, the CSP agreed there should be a redistribution from acute to community services in the NHS, but warned that achieving this through short-term cuts would be counterproductive.

The society said that ring-fenced NHS funding for integration should not be used to plug the gap in funding for social care services.

It also called for patient safety and quality of care to be strengthened, and to include lessons from social care when providers went out of business.

Transaction costs across all publicly-funded health services should be cut, the society added.

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