Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums, for communication between foot health professionals about podiatry and related topics.
You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members (PM), upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, earn CPD points and access many other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisments in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
The Guardian are reporting: Ministers invite private companies to manage NHS services
Alan Johnson, the health secretary, alarmed health unions yesterday by opening up a new market for the management of NHS services worth up to £70bn.
He approved a list of 14 private companies that would be available to help primary care trusts in England evaluate the health needs of local people and buy appropriate services. If the trials succeed, the companies may influence the commissioning of services ranging from family planning to chiropody.
The firms include four big US healthcare corporations: Aetna, Humana, Health Dialog Services and UnitedHealth, the Minneapolis-based company whose European division is headed by Tony Blair's former senior health adviser.
The Department of Health said the companies would offer trusts "a bank of specialist expertise". They would be able to analyse data identifying local health problems and negotiate cost-effective contracts with NHS and private sector providers. The trusts control most of the NHS's £90bn annual budget.
The proposal first emerged last year when the department's commercial directorate advertised in the EU's official journal inviting companies to bid to take over the purchase of healthcare for millions of NHS patients. It said the companies might also take over district nursing and other services provided by the PCTs.....