NHS Future Forum

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 3:53 pm on 14th June 2011.

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Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Conservative, Croydon Central 3:53 pm, 14th June 2011

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

I welcome the focus not on competition as an end in itself, but on informed patient choice to improve patient care. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that, unlike the Opposition, the Government believe that NHS patients in my constituency deserve the best that the public, private and voluntary sectors can offer them?

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Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya
Posted on 16 Jun 2011 10:58 am (Report this annotation)

At the very poorly attended public meeting on NHS reform, informed patient choice was debated and deemed wishful thinking for the vast majority of the patients, especially when the patients are most vulnerable. All NHS patients deserve the best that the public sector can offer them. Few can afford the private sector. I am not sure what the voluntary sector can/will offer and will withhold any comment until I have reached an informed opinion. I would like to see some substance, not empty words.