Magazine article Public Finance

Auditors Call for More Data on Care Costs

Magazine article Public Finance

Auditors Call for More Data on Care Costs

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Scotland's public sector watchdog has criticised the NHS and councils over a lack of information about the costs of providing care for people with long-term conditions.

In a report published on August 16, Audit Scotland said the shortage of data on costs and activity means that many decisions on the use of resources are made with limited evidence about what works for patients.

'The NHS and councils need to urgently address this in order to meet its aims of effectively developing more services based in the community the report, Managing long-term conditions, states.

Barbara Hurst, director of public reporting for Audit Scotland, said there had been many improvements in various clinical areas. However, these were often local projects, driven by local need or enthusiasm rather than by a national strategy.

She added 'The Scottish Executive, health boards and councils need to do more to make improvements nationwide and to create joined-up services. …

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