Magazine article Public Finance

Clinical Work Should Be 'Under Same Scrutiny as Finance'

Magazine article Public Finance

Clinical Work Should Be 'Under Same Scrutiny as Finance'

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NHS organisations should routinely publish the outcomes of patient treatments, a leading health economist told the conference.

Peter West, head of value for money at the Healthcare Commission, said that NHS clinical work was not subject to the same level of scrutiny as its use of money.

'I hope to make the Healthcare Commission serious about measuring outcomes for patients. This might seem like an extra burden but it seems to me to be worth it. We must face up to this idea as it will give us a much richer picture of our performance than we have now,' he added.

West recently joined the Healthcare Commission from York University's Centre for Health Economics.

Some trusts are already providing outcome information. In August, St George's Healthcare Trust in south London became the first to publish its death rates for all specialities. …

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