Mutuals: “a serious part of the answer in terms of transforming public services and delivery”

By David Bicknell

I must admit I hadn’t heard of Policy Review TV until now. But this clip of Bob Ricketts, Director of Provider Policy at the Department of Health speaking to delegates at the Employee Mutuals conference makes for interesting viewing.

In his remarks, Ricketts suggested that, “Despite the economic situation and current politics, mutuals are here to stay and they are a serious part of the answer in terms of transforming public services and delivery, for example in the NHS on our £15-20 billion worth of savings”.

He added that,  “Social enterprises have a very good, proven track record of providing quality services that are often much more responsive than statutory services and doing so cost effectively”, he said, citing some of the innovative work done by the Whizz-Kids charity.”

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