A. Pollock and F. Campbell
Guardian, Apr. 26th 2001, p.20
Argues that the Health and Social Care Bill will, if passed, open the way for large corporations to sell health care to the NHS for a profit and for the NHS to start charging for services.
Public Finance, May 4th-10th, 2001, p.24-25
Devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are doing their best to attract as much private finance into their health services as possible.
Financial Times, Apr. 27th 2001, p.25
Argues that the Labour Party should drop the ideal of providing a health service free for all at the point of use.
Public Finance, Apr. 6th-12th 2001, p.22-23
Reports progress being made by the Counter Fraud Service in detecting and preventing fraud in the NHS.
National Audit Office
London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2000/01; HC 403)
Report found that 23,000 claims totalling £2.6bn were outstanding against the NHS in March 2000. A further £1.3bn in settlements was expected from incidents where claims had not yet been received. The rate of new claims rose by 72% between 1990 and 1998 and the NHS received 10,000 new claims in 1999/2000. £386m was paid out in claims settled in 1999/2000, nearly four times the amount the previous year. In two-thirds of cases relating to claims of less than £50,000 the costs of reaching the settlement were greater than the damages awarded. Report calls on the government to overhaul the system for handling claims, and recommends a new arbitration panel to try to avoid lengthy and expensive court cases.
Financial Times, May 15th 2001, p.8
The NHS is spending £1bn a year on temporary, agency and locum staff, amid chronic shortages of trained professionals in virtually all healthcare occupations.
J. Arrowsmith et al
Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, vol.6, 2001, p.114-119
Article reviews published accounts of the extent of use of performance related pay (PRP) in the NHS and its impact, plus two case studies. PRP has been introduced for a variety of reasons: