Ethics – can we afford them?

The Alliance hosted a special session on 24th June at the NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool. The speakers were Professor Rod Griffiths, Chair of the National Commissioning Group and Nicolaus Henke, Director of McKinsey’s health practice. Professor Griffiths focused on the new ethical framework which has been developed to support decisions about national commissioning of services, products and technologies. Mr Henke touched on the proposed new shape of commissioning arrangements in the NHS and highlighted the increasingly specialised nature of healthcare. Members of the audience agreed that the ethical decision-making framework broke important new ground and could be of value to the wider NHS.