NHS needs failure regime29th July 2006
The body which ensures public money is spent wisely has urged health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, to introduce a ‘failure-regime’ to the NHS so that financial problems can be spotted and tackled early.
The Audit Commission has recommended a series of accounting changes to enable NHS organisations to stabilise their finances.
As a growing number of NHS trusts report increasing deficits, the commission has also recommended that working capital and investment should come from a more formal NHS bank and that the health department should create a "buffer fund" allowing it to keep the overall system in financial balance.
The report also suggests that in a few "exceptional cases" part of the historic, accumulated deficits some trusts faced might need to be written off in order to give them a fighting chance of survival.
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Title: NHS needs failure regime
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 587
Date Added: 29th Jul 2006