Medics blamed for debts21st March 2007
Clinicians have been blamed for debts of more than £1bn in a new report.
The Public Accounts Committee said many doctors had refused to help NHS trusts cut their spending by considering the cost of treatments, leading to a cumulative debt of £1bn.
The committee of MPs said this was a key reason for the health service’s financial problems, paving the way for the introduction of rationing to force doctors to consider cost when prescribing treatment.
The past five years has seen NHS spending increase faster than ever before, despite this one in three trusts is currently overspent.
The NHS bill for 2007/8 is predicted to be £92.6bn.
The committee could find no single reason for the debts, but labelled pay awards to GPs and consultants as ‘over generous’. Some trusts had dealt with their debts by cutting posts - leading to 903 compulsory redundancies in the six months to September 2006. Other measures included closing wards and postponing capital projects.
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Wednesday 28th March 2007 @ 14:43
What a surprise! - let's blame the people on the coal face of healthcare rather than question the bureaucratic mistakes, poor management, huge staff increases in human resources, and massive payouts to NHS directors (especially those on suspension after a few weeks work!!)
Wednesday 11th April 2007 @ 16:18
Thats right, medics spend all day looking to waste NHS money. In fact it's the reason most of them go to work in the morning...........or are they doing all they can to save lives as they value life above both budgets, votes and spin?
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