Published on: 12th December 2012
People will have the chance to contribute to Monitor's Fair Playing Field Review this week as Monitor opens up the debate at two events taking place in Manchester and London.
The former health adviser to Tony Blair, Paul Corrigan, and Stephen Bubb, who heads up the voluntary sector organisation ACEVO, will address providers, commissioners and members of the public on the impact of a fair playing field on patient care.
People attending the event will have the opportunity to tell the Fair Playing Field team about the issues they believe affect the ability of providers to operate in the NHS and find out about the review's direction and findings so far.
The events, which take place at the Manchester Conference Centre in Manchester on Wednesday 12 December and at Prospero House in London on Thursday 13 December, are the final stage before the review reports its conclusions to the Secretary of State in March next year.
The government-requested review has so far had over 150 responses from across the charitable, public and private sectors. A recent discussion paper revealed that initial findings have shown the commissioning of patient services has been the most common concern raised so far by respondents.
Speaking at the London event, David Bennett, Chief Executive and interim Chair at Monitor, will say:
"We are very pleased that we have had such a good response to the Fair Playing Field review and there is still time for people to tell us about the issues they believe affect the ability of providers to operate in the NHS.
We are pleased to welcome Paul Corrigan and Stephen Bubb to speak at these events and look forward to an interesting and engaging discussion."