Miller, R., Millar, R. and Hall, K. (2012) New development: Spin-outs and social enterprise: the ‘right to request’ programme for health and social care services. Public Money & Management.32(3), pp. 233-236. 0954-0962.
The Right to Request policy encouraged and supported NHS community health staff in England to ‘spin out’ services into social enterprises. This article considers the processes and outputs of the initiative and reflects on the likelihood of positive outcomes for patients being achieved. It highlights lessons for future programmes seeking to transfer services out of public ownership.