Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Tariffs Promised by Christmas

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Tariffs Promised by Christmas

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The payment by results tariff and other information needed to create financial plans for 2007/08 will be published before Christmas, according to Richard Douglas, the Department of Health's director general for finance and investment.

He told delegates at the annual CIPFA health finance conference on October 6 that there would be no repeat of the delays and mistakes that marked the run-up to the current financial year.

The tariff for this financial year was published on January 31 but was withdrawn a month later after it was found to contain material errors. Trusts and primary care trusts had to scrap figures based on the original tariff document and could not recalculate them until a corrected form was issued a fortnight before the beginning of the new financial year.

An inquiry into the incident recommended earlier publication of the tariff and greater consultation with the NHS.

'We have got to give you information in a timely fashion and I know we didn't do that this year,' Douglas told the London conference. 'We are committed to getting the information to you no later than Christmas and we will do it in a more transparent way - we are "road testing" the tariff and we won't make the mistakes of last year. …

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