NHS Reform

Getting back on track
Keith Palmer
In recent years, the NHS has seen the most sustained period of funding growth ever. But despite the increased funding, the NHS is in deficit.

In 2005/6, NHS trusts overspent by more than £1.2 billion and the NHS as a whole overspent by more than £500 million.

This discussion paper looks at the causes of the NHS deficit in 2005/6.

It then considers three recent policy developments – the 2006/7 system rules, the new payment by results tariffs and the commissioning framework – and asks what the impact of these policy developments could be and how they might be improved.

NHs Reform: Getting back on track publication cover

No. of pages: 78

ISBN: 978 1 85717 552 3

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