(Independent 25 March)38Degrees is using the Whittington case to promote its petition,which has attracted over 50,000signatures.It is simply not good enough to say members of NHS NWL, the CCG or PCT boards can declareinterests in private companies, absent themselves from decisions, and otherwise carry on as normal.As the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has sa
id: ‘it is not a
bout excluding yourself from the room whenever there is a discussion; it is about how it will drive your decision-making
The current changes in NHS NWL mean the following:1.
A shift in funding from hospital to primary care.2.
A greater involvement of private companies in the primary care sector.3.
An opportunity for those companies to increase their profits by cutting back on the level of service offered.If senior decision makers in the NHS have financial interests in those companies there will inevitablybe conflicts of interest which are fatal to their ability to make independent choices in the interests of patients.However, even the limited information which you should make available is not supplied on the
Register of Member’s in
terest forms. This is incomplete or absent in many cases. The forms ask for