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.
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.
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.