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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Resist going ‘back to the future’ on public services

The Con Dem Government's Open Public Services white paper asserts that going back to purchaser/provider splits will enhance public services. We know from the experience of our members In health and local government since the 1980's that falsifying public services to act as ‘clients and contractors’ is playing a game of shop and does nothing to enhance service quality or cost. Instead it introduces marketization into public services to ripen them for privatisation. This APSE briefing explains why splitting off public services along market driven lines is simply bad practice and one that sensible public service providers reject.