Following on its successful Commission on NHS Outcomes, Performance and Productivity, the OHE launched the independent OHE Commission on Competition in the NHS in February 2011. The purpose of the Commission is to investigate whether, how and where in the health services competition may be beneficial or harmful overall.
The Charge to the Commission
The Commission was charged with reviewing existing evidence and procuring additional research as needed on critical issues. It was to produce a final report at the end of its deliberations with recommendations for policy and implementation. Specifically, the Commission was to address:
- The characteristics of publicly funded health care services that determine whether competition or contest is likely to be beneficial.
- Non-price and price competition.
- How competition and contest, where potentially beneficial, might be enabled, promoted and regulated
The Commission Members
James Malcomson (Chair), All Souls College and University of Oxford
Mike Bailey, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
Anita Charlesworth, Chief Economist, The Nuffield Trust
Nigel Edwards, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
Julian Le Grand, London School of Economics and Political Science
Carol Propper, Imperial College London and Bristol University
Bob Ricketts, Director, Provider Policy, Department of Health, England
Adrian Towse, Director, Office of Health Economics
Jon Sussex, Deputy Director, Office of Health Economics
The OHE acted as the secretariat to the group to ensure the smooth running of the Commission and keep the time commitments of its members to a minimum. The OHE Commission, however, worked independently and its conclusions express the personal views of its members.
Background information is available here.
Results of the Commission are available here.
For further information, please contact Jon Sussex