The Health Special Administration consultation explains how safeguards to protect the services needed by patients will be extended to NHS services provided by social enterprises and other companies. The services which these social enterprises and other companies provide will be secured if they become insolvent, so ensuring that patients will receive an uninterrupted service regardless of the type of provider.
Health Minister Lord Howe commented:
“Charities, social enterprises and independent providers play an important part in providing NHS care. They can help give patients more choice of where and how they are treated by the health service. It is vital that however patients are treated in the health service they receive a high quality service that they can rely on”.
The Health Special Administration procedure will be used only as a last resort.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].