My Independent colleague, Martin Shaw, put together an excellent and very well researched paper on the subject – found here – http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=13776 and presented it to the committee last week.
He asked for an urgent special meeting of the committee as the pace of change is looking very fast.
The main concerns about ACS’s (Accountable Care Systems) and ACOs (Accountable Care Organisations) are that they are the very opposite that their name implies, that they would not be set up in statute and may not be subject to the usual checks and balances that legally constituted NHS organisations are.
The language is the same as used in the United States healthcare system, which is quite understandably worrying many people.
There is also a great fear that such organisations will source much more work from the private sector over much longer contract periods.
Any such organisation or system may not be able to be held to account by the only legal check on health services – Devon County Council’s Heath and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee.
I formally proposed that the committee holds such a meeting in February preferably. This was agreed subject to the date when the Devon Accountable Care System may be established.
I am delighted to see that nationally, a judge has granted permission for a campaign group to pursue a high profile judicial review against the government on this issue.
So we will see.
Pic: My Independent colleagues, Cllrs Martin Shaw and Frank Biederman.