According to the Health Service Journal, Dame Barbara Hakin is vitally important to the relationship between the future of the NHS and the current leadership: "Ask anyone in the DH who is in charge of the 75 per cent of the future of the NHS that is concerned with commissioning, and time after time people tell you that person is Dame Barbara."
Correspondence (emails) disclosed to Spinwatch under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show that in October 2010, Tribal Group, an outsourcing firm with £150m worth of government contracts, wrote to Hakin about the level of staff to be provided by the private sector to GP consortia.
- Health Service Journal, HSJ100 2010, 17 November, 2010
- Michael Gillard, Andy Rowell and Tamasin Cave, Revealed: Government Secretly Uses Doctors to Spin Tribal War for NHS Hearts and Minds (oh! And £80 Billion), Spinwatch, 9 March 2011