The House of Commons’ Health and Social Care Committee has published its report ‘Integrated care: Organisations, partnerships and systems’. It’s a curate’s egg (good in part) but overall, it’s disappointing and a bit of a fudge.
It recognises that Accountable Care Organisations are illegal under current law, and believes that, if introduced, they should be established by primary legislation.
However, they also seem to suggest that ACOs’ illegal status can be ‘worked around” through passing secondary legislation (thus avoiding Parliamentary scrutiny). The Committee refuses to accept that ACOs facilitate privatisation, but does recommend that they should be public bodies (because of the risk that companies holding long-term, large-scale ACO contracts will collapse).
See Keep Our NHS Public‘s response for more details.