Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Deficits Are 'Fault of Managers'

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Deficits Are 'Fault of Managers'

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Health minister Lord Warner stunned delegates at the Healthcare Financial Management Association annual conference by blaming the health services financial problems on managers.

Delivering an uncompromising message to the assembled accountants at the London conference on December 7-9, the minister insisted that poor management in a minority of organisations was undermining public confidence in NHS financial management as a whole.

When one delegate suggested that much of the overspends in the service over this year and last were due to the high cost of nationally negotiated pay contracts, such as Agenda for Change, the minister hit back strongly.

'I have heard the stories about Agenda for Change, the consultant contract, etc, but although they were nationally negotiated arrangements they were locally implemented.

'Agenda for Change and the consultant contract were implemented differently in different places.'

He added that Agenda for Change was a good example of this, because there were different approaches to arrangements so that the cost varied between trusts. 'You can't get away from the fact that it's people's responsibility cally to manage services. …

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