Not promiscuous about outsourcing, but incoherent

Financial Times, Andrew Haldenby

Reform Director, Andrew Haldenby, responds to a leading article published in the Financial Times on 26 June. The leader argued that outsourcing in the UK has met its “outer limits”. View original leader.

Andrew Haldenby argued that the leader was “surprisingly negative given recent research and UK and international experience.” He said:

“Take the fact that in nearly every country, including the UK, general practitioners are private employees. Academic authors have considered this in the light of the theory of the firm. They show that such an arrangement is more efficient given the need for GPs, as a service business, to have close relationships with their customers. On hospitals, other countries routinely use the private sector to a much greater extent than the UK.”