Private providers of public services and key officials involved in government commissioning launched the CBI's new report World-class public services: meeting the delivery challenge at an event on Friday 27th November hosted by CBI Public Services Strategy Board member Amey.
James Stewart, Chief Executive of Partnerships UK - the body responsible for the effective creation of public service markets - set out the potential future evolution of the market for public services in light of the spending crisis.
Members also heard Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships highlight the prospects for the further development of LIFT partnerships in improving primary care. Gary Sturgess, Executive Director of The Serco Institute, stressed the importance of consumer choice in stimulating providers to improve the services they run.
There was broad recognition that in the new efiscal environment created by the need for cuts in public spending, the public sector could take a greater equity stake in partnership models and adopt a more hands-on approach through joint ventures. The funding crisis also puts pressure on public sector procurement and contract management skills.
The need for a strong market is even more critical as a result of these factors and our new report sets out a series of recommendations for how government should promote strong and effective public service markets.
For further information please contact Jason Marsh - Communications Manager, Community Health Partnerships, Tel: 020 7633 4113