The so-called purchaser/provider split should be retained, though renamed as a 'health care commissioner/health care provider' divide, the Liberal Democrats said in a consultation paper. Competition should be based on quality, not price. The commissioning would be undertaken by merged health and social services departments, operating within democratically elected authorities. NHS trusts would be retained, with the proviso that 50 per cent of their non-executive members should live locally.
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