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Jim Pragnell

  • NHS users should pay £10 a month, says former health minister

    Jim Pragnell's comment 31 Mar 2014 1:14pm

    Lord Warner and the thinktank Reform are involved with the private health business, so they are not in any way "independent". Even so do their proposals have any merit? Not in my opinion. Bringing in additional income streams will undermine the basis of the NHS and cause harm to the poorest in our society. If more money is required for the NHS then it must come from taxation.

  • NHS England chief acts on CCG 'gagging clauses'

    Jim Pragnell's comment 18 Mar 2014 1:58pm

    Our CCG's whistleblowing policy sets out the procedure for staff to raise any concerns they may have. The procedure is silent about what staff should do if an internal investigation does not resolve the issue. I have asked our CCG to amend its policy to say when and how staff can raise issues publicly and to give staff a public interest defence.

  • MPs reject call for NHS competition to be scrapped

    Jim Pragnell's comment 07 Feb 2014 11:32am

    Jeremy Hunt speaks with a forked tongue. PCTs generally treated the NHS as a single entity, which under procurement law allowed services to be purchased "in-house" without competition. The changes to the NHS brought in by the 2012 Act changed all that and the "in-house" exemption can no longer be used. Hence the increase in competition and in fees for legal advice since April 2013.