6 July 2021
Dear Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
We are concerned that your plan to allow private companies to sit on Integrated Care Systems boards as part of your new NHS reforms will create a conflict of interest that will negatively impact the healthcare people receive from the NHS.
We call on the government to make sure ICS boards are locally accountable and work for patients - not private profit.
Private companies must not be allowed to sit on ICS boards and make decisions about NHS spending.
Recently, it's been revealed that Virgin Care has been given a seat on the Partnership Board of the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Partnership (BSW). Already, minutes suggest that the company is lobbying to keep information secret rather than enabling public transparency and accountability. It is equally concerning that the partnership is asking for donations of £10,000 from providers towards running costs of the ICS. The potential for conflicts of interest is huge.
Decisions about how NHS money is spent should be made by the NHS with input from the local community. It is completely unacceptable for private providers of healthcare to sit on ICS boards.
We look forward to hearing from you.
- Nurses United
- UK Faculty of Public Health
- National Pensioners Convention
- The Equality Trust
- Our NHS Our Concern
- Disabled People Against Cuts
- Keep Our NHS Public
- Unlock Democracy
- Colin Hutchinson - Chair of Doctors for the NHS
- We Own It
- Cllr Ian Ward - Birmingham City Council Leader