NHS market liberalisation and the TTIP agreement

Regan, Paul John and Ball, Elaine (2016) NHS market liberalisation and the TTIP agreement. British Journal of Community Nursing, 21 (7). pp. 356-358. ISSN 1462-4753

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.7.356


Governments over the past three decades have undermined the founding principles of the NHS through reforms and market liberalisation. With greater involvement of commercial interests in health care, the NHS will become less democratic and transparent. Recent reforms, which were intended to improve productivity, quality and cost efficiency, have left the NHS exposed to the unwieldy model of market liberalisation and the attrition of public health care. The role of community nurses has been particularly destabilised by commissioning, as their work is difficult to measure. The advent of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could further undermine the NHS to the benefit of international commercial interests.

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