Review report: the regulation and governance of NHS charities

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
11 January 2012
Health Services
Social welfare
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Charitable giving and support as a whole makes a significant contribution to the quality of care provided by the NHS and NHS Charities in particular play an invaluable part in supporting patients. They have a special role as the charities that receive money donated by members of the public to NHS bodies (normally hospitals). Their funding supports innovation and research and enables the provision of additional facilities, services and equipment that enhance patient experience. Around 300 NHS Charities support the NHS to the tune of over £300m each. This review considered all aspects of the regulation and governance of NHS Charities, with a focus on any barriers these charities face in fulfilling their role. The proposals would remove regulation by ministers, and enable the charities to operate more independently while preserving their close relationship with the providers of NHS services that they support.

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