Magazine article Public Finance

DoH Withdraws Error-Ridden PBR Price List

Magazine article Public Finance

DoH Withdraws Error-Ridden PBR Price List

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NHS trusts' financial planning was in disarray this week as an embarrassed Department of Health was forced to withdraw the 2006/07 price list used in payment by results.

With less than a month until the new financial year, English trusts are unable to agree contracts and plan for a year when payment by results will be expanded and the NHS is expected to recover tts financial balance.

The decision has also affected the timetable for the authorisation of foundation trusts. (My four mental health trusts, which are not yet part of the PBR initiative, will be considered on April 1.

A letter has been sent to all trusts, admitting errors in the original tariff calculations and promising a revised price list 'at the earliest opportunity".

A DoH spokesman said: 'Health services are complicated, and calculation of a tariff to pay for these is necessarily a complex process. …

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