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Labour urged to give mutuals a voice in healthcare policy review

4th October 2012

The Labour party’s planned health service policy review needs to consider the contribution mutuals can make to the future of UK healthcare, according to one of the country’s oldest not-for-profit healthcare providers.

Benenden Healthcare, which provides low-cost healthcare to almost one million people, has called on the Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, to ensure the health service policy review he announced this week during the party’s conference, listens to the voice of mutuals.

Marc Bell, Director of Strategy at Benenden Healthcare Society said:

“We’re not out to replace the NHS but we strongly believe there is a role for mutuals to play in the future of UK healthcare. Mutuals like Benenden Healthcare Society have many years of practical healthcare experience and ideas that should be listened to; if the political parties engage with us, we can work with them to help find mutual-led solutions to an ailing NHS.”

The review will be led by the Shadow Health Minister, Liz Kendall.

 

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