Alliance responds to White Paper

The Alliance has responded to the coalition government’s White Paper “Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS”. The response welcomes the proposal to place responsibility for commissioning national and regional services as defined by the National Definitions Set with the proposed NHS Commissioning Board. This has the potential to address a number of shortcomings in current arrangements, as identified by the Health Select Committee in March (see below). There are, however, a number of important matters requiring clarification.