How market forces have attempted to make better use of funding within the NHS

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Hi,

I am doing an access to higher education nursing course online and am required to make an academic poster about the NHS. My last section is on how market forces have attempted to make better use of funding within the NHS.

I am at a complete loss. If anyone can help me with articles to read or how they went about answering this question that would be great!

Thanks in advance!
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Hi,

I am doing an access to higher education nursing course online and am required to make an academic poster about the NHS. My last section is on how market forces have attempted to make better use of funding within the NHS.

I am at a complete loss. If anyone can help me with articles to read or how they went about answering this question that would be great!

Thanks in advance!
This website contains lots of articles on NHS privatisation. Although it is clearly partisan, the information is basically sound and detailed. Just use the search function for specific issues.
https://www.patients4nhs.org.uk/
Here's an article on recent marketisation
https://www.patients4nhs.org.uk/mark...on-of-the-nhs/
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This website contains lots of articles on NHS privatisation. Although it is clearly partisan, the information is basically sound and detailed. Just use the search function for specific issues.
https://www.patients4nhs.org.uk/
Here's an article on recent marketisation
https://www.patients4nhs.org.uk/mark...on-of-the-nhs/
Oh that's the biggest help I've had throughout my whole course. Thank you so much!
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That's a topic you could write like 5 PhDs on... and by the time they were written, the government will have changed everything again.

A lot of info would be confidential as well. For example, if you wanted to find out how much Costa pay to have their shops all over the hospital... well guarantee that info is not public.

Tough question. I'd try not to focus only on the negative though. A lot of NHS employees will have only negative views about privatisation, but that's probably not the case. For example, one case which I thought worked well was my old hospital had one private ward. So if you were admitted, you could be on the normal wards for free, or you could be on the private ward, where you had a private room, a TV and somewhat nicer food basically, but all the medical stuff was still the same. That meant that the patient got what they wanted - a bit of a nicer room - but the NHS got something like £300 per night from each patient, with which to pay for other services. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.
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That's a topic you could write like 5 PhDs on... and by the time they were written, the government will have changed everything again.

A lot of info would be confidential as well. For example, if you wanted to find out how much Costa pay to have their shops all over the hospital... well guarantee that info is not public.

Tough question. I'd try not to focus only on the negative though. A lot of NHS employees will have only negative views about privatisation, but that's probably not the case. For example, one case which I thought worked well was my old hospital had one private ward. So if you were admitted, you could be on the normal wards for free, or you could be on the private ward, where you had a private room, a TV and somewhat nicer food basically, but all the medical stuff was still the same. That meant that the patient got what they wanted - a bit of a nicer room - but the NHS got something like £300 per night from each patient, with which to pay for other services. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.
Oh that's great info! Thank you so much for your help. Much appreciated.
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That's a topic you could write like 5 PhDs on... and by the time they were written, the government will have changed everything again.

A lot of info would be confidential as well. For example, if you wanted to find out how much Costa pay to have their shops all over the hospital... well guarantee that info is not public.

Tough question. I'd try not to focus only on the negative though. A lot of NHS employees will have only negative views about privatisation, but that's probably not the case. For example, one case which I thought worked well was my old hospital had one private ward. So if you were admitted, you could be on the normal wards for free, or you could be on the private ward, where you had a private room, a TV and somewhat nicer food basically, but all the medical stuff was still the same. That meant that the patient got what they wanted - a bit of a nicer room - but the NHS got something like £300 per night from each patient, with which to pay for other services. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.
"£300 a night" for the NHS does sound great, doesn't it? But look deeper and it might turn out differently. Why is it that many NHS private patient units charge 50% less than comparable private hospitals? Why is it that in a recent study of 114 NHS hospital trusts, most were unable to provide evidence they made any money from their private beds - and 9 actually consistently lost money on them? The introduction of the "internal market" demonstrated that trying to run the NHS like a private business massively increases administrative costs, and the NHS is not geared up to do the sums. When you do, you find that the costs of itemised billing, negotiations with insurers, chasing and writing off bad debts and so on will swallow most, if not all, of that £300. It's one of the reasons the US health system traditionally had much higher admin costs than the pre-marketised NHS.

But this is a whole other discussion. I'm sure the OP can come to their own conclusions.
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