Plans to introduce Accountable Care Organisations by the back door

Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) are new models of care that raise huge concerns, not least about giving new opportunities to private healthcare companies to plan and commission NHS funded services (as well as provide them).

The way ACOs change commissioning flies in the face of existing primary legislation. Ministers are trying to get ACOs legitimated through introducing secondary legislation – a move that means no Parliamentary debate or scrutiny.

Some MPs have arranged an Early Day Motion to call for proper debate. To stop the introduction of ACOs by the back door, please write to your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion 660.

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