Consultations: NHS reform

The launch of the NHS White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, has signalled major reform of health services in England.  These reforms are likely to have a significant impact on the way that race equality is implemented by health service providers.

The Race Equality Foundation has engaged in a number of regional informed conversations across the UK, to gauge the opinions of the black and minority ethnic sector.  Following on from this, the Race Equality is setting up a series of virtual working groups.  These will facilitate discussions and allow seminar participants to continue engaging in current health care changes.

Our findings from the regional events are summarised in the following report, Informed conversations with black and minority ethnic-led voluntary and community organisations on the health and social care changes.

Presentations from the event are available below:

Please use the links below to read the Foundation’s responses to the NHS consultations:

NHS White Paper: Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS

This document sets out the Government’s long-term vision of the NHS including:

  • patients at the heart of the NHS
  • transparency and efficiency
  • streamlined but more effective services
  • the devolution of commissioning responsibilities to the local level, via GP consortia
  • the creation of a number of new watchdogs and regulatory bodies.

Read the NHS White Paper: Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (339kb PDF, external website) 

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.

NHS Consultation: Transparency in Outcomes

This document explains the development of a new outcomes framework that measures the quality and achievements of the NHS through a clinical outcomes-based approach rather than a target-based approach.

Read the NHS Consultation: Transparency in Outcomes (1.19mb PDF, external website)

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Transparency in Outcomes.

NHS Consultation: Democratic Legitimacy in Health

This consultation builds on the proposals in the White Paper to increase local democratic legitimacy in health. This will be achieved through local authorities:

  • Being given a stronger role in supporting patient choice and ensuring effective local voice
  • Taking on local public health improvement functions
  • Promoting more effective NHS, social care and public health commissioning arrangements.

Read the NHS Consultation: Democratic Legitimacy in Health (335 kb PDF, external website)

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Democratic Legitimacy in Health

NHS Consultation: Commissioning for Patients

This document sets out detailed proposals to give local consortia of GP practices control of commissioning services.  It argues that, supported by an independent NHS Commissioning Board, GP consortia will best meet the needs of local people.

Read the NHS Consultation: Commissioning for Patients (424kb PDF, external website)

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Commissioning for Patients

NHS Consultation Regulating Healthcare Providers

This document further outlines the White Paper’s proposals on Foundation Trusts and the establishment of Monitor as an independent economic regulator for health and adult social care. The full document seeks views on specific consultation questions.

Read the NHS Consultation Regulating Healthcare Provider (492kb PDF, external website)

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Regulating Health Care Providers.

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution provides an explanation of the rights and responsibilities of NHS Patients and Staff.

Read the NHS Constitution (109kb PDF, external website)

Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution – A consultation on proposals

The ‘information revolution’ aims to transform the way information is accessed, collected, analysed and used. This paper focuses on the Government’s aim to give people more information and control over heath care services.

Read Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution – A consultation on proposals (780kb PDF, external website)

Read the Race Equality Foundation response to Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution

Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control – A consultation on proposals

 ‘Greater choice and control’ focuses on the Government’s aim to give people more information and control over heath care services.