PbR and nurse contribution21st March 2007
The contribution of nurses is being ignored in the current Payment by Results scheme, say nursing leaders.
Ahead of the launch of a new government consultation paper on PbR, the Royal College of Nursing has called for the tariffs to better reflect the input of nurses to NHS services.
The RCN fear nurse-led services, such as minor injury units and specialist clinics could be lost if the calculations only consider medical interventions, despite being more cost effective.
Failure to recognise nursing contributions, could tempt managers to cut services to save money. This would undermine the intention of the government reforms to ensure the ‘money follows each patient to the service they choose for their care’.
The RCN has represented nurses on the government’s external advisory group on PbR since last autumn.
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Title: PbR and nurse contribution
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2294
Date Added: 21st Mar 2007