The Health and Care Bill will help develop more integrated care between the NHS, local government, social care providers and other partners. The reforms proposed in the Bill will continue to improve the quality and sustainability of NHS services and outcomes for patients.
Service provision by the independent and voluntary sectors is an important and valuable feature of our healthcare system. Safeguards are already in place to ensure that the interests of the public and the NHS are always put first. The ICB chair would have the power to veto members of the board and there are robust requirements on ICBs to manage conflicts of interests.
It is important that people are assured that the work of ICBs will be driven by health outcomes, not by profits.
The Bill does not allow private sector providers to influence, or to make, decisions on spending. The Government will bring forward an amendment at the next stage of the Bill’s passage through Parliament to protect the independence of ICBs by preventing individuals with significant interests in private healthcare from sitting on them.