National Voices joins hospice charities in concern over s75 commissioning regulations

Thu, 18 April 2013

National Voices has joined a group of hospice provider charities to brief peers in the House of Lords on their concerns that the voluntary sector could be squeezed out of local commissioning by misinterpretation of new regulations on procurement.

The ‘section 75’ regulations under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 risk being seen by commissioners as a requirement to put all but a minority of services out to competitive tender.

The House of Lords will debate the regulations on 24th April 2013.

National Voices wrote to the Secretary of State for Health expressing strong concerns over the first version of this legislation. The government has restated that it does not intend to ‘privatise’ NHS services by this route, and has amended the regulations to try to make this clear.

However, the risk of unintended consequences remains.