Commenting on the NHS Commissioning Board’s Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14, The King’s Fund Director of Policy Anna Dixon said:
‘The planning guidance sets out the NHS Commissioning Board’s ambitions for the NHS in its new form, with a focus on outcomes and information. While we welcome these ambitions, some commissioners and providers may find it challenging to fully implement the guidance at a time of unprecedented financial constraint. The emphasis on commissioners working closely with health and wellbeing board colleagues is important if they are to achieve these ambitious national priorities and respond to local need.
‘The emphasis on improving transparency and making more data available to patients and commissioners is welcome. To be effective, data should give commissioners useful information and help them to hold providers to account and to improve quality. But there are concerns that other measures, like the friends and family test, that are intuitively appealing as a means to drive improvements, are being used to pay for performance.’
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