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  • Supplements

    Round table: will the penny drop for clinical managers?


    Patient level costing may be the lure that attracts clinicians into management. Daloni Carlisle listens in on a discussion between some of the most influential policy makers, managers and medical leaders

  • Comment

    Andy McKeon on the economics of better care


    Understanding how money works and spending wisely is essential for people working in the NHS. The evidence suggests that when money is spent well, the quality of services provided to patients is correspondingly high.

  • News

    NHS surplus will bolster restricted spending


    The NHS finished last financial year with a surplus equivalent to 2.2bn, spending watchdogs have said.

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Foundation trust failure: who's for the chop?


    As the original deadline passes, 80-odd trusts are lagging in the race to achieve foundation status. Sally Gainsbury ponders the fate of those that fail to hit the mark

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    Managers' responses to the NHS operating framework


    Adrian Roberts, director of finance, Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals trust "If the new tariff does what it says on the tin, specialist and tertiary acutes will be protected by it which would help us, but the efficiency savings will be even harder for district general hospitals." Denise ...

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    HSJ50 2008: Controversy and change


    This year’s HSJ50, the ranking of the 50 most powerful people in NHS management policy and practice in England, reveals dramatic changes in who is wielding power.

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Andy McKeon


    Andy McKeon, managing director of health, Audit Commission

  • News

    Auditors praise NHS trusts' financial management


    The NHS has undergone a 'cultural shift', with nearly all organisations now meeting standards on financial management after years of poor performance and spiralling deficits.

  • Comment

    Andy McKeon on the good news about NHS finances


    Finance managers in the NHS, do not adjust your sets. Yes, the picture really is much brighter than it used to be.

  • News

    Audit sample 'was misleading'


    Your point that up to 1bn of bills sent by trusts to primary care trusts could be incorrect is misleading.

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    Coding errors distort bills for PCTs


    Up to 1bn of the bills hospital trusts sent primary care trusts last year could be wrong, tests by the Audit Commission have suggested.

  • News

    A Darzi future relies on data quality


    Lord Darzi's report rightly focuses on patient care and sets out a broad and demanding agenda to achieve its vision of high quality of care for all.

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    Managers raise concerns over new local assessments


    Primary care managers at the NHS Confederation annual conference have expressed concern about the lack of baseline data for some of the indicators they have chosen as part of the new comprehensive area assessment.

  • News

    Labour's NHS vision let down by reforms


    New Labour's reforms have failed to deliver its vision to transform the health service, a major report has concluded. The joint Audit Commission and Healthcare Commission report finds the overhaul of the health service under the 2000 NHS Plan has, in many areas, fallen well short of expectations.

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    International financial reporting standards


    In the Audit Commission's view, the international financial reporting standard , without adaptation, does not require a level of disclosure that might put a foundation trust at an economic disadvantage, writes Andy McKeon

  • News

    PCTs face tough questions on QOF reporting


    Data published for the first time today by HSJ reveals the GPs who exclude the most patients from their quality incentive scheme.

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    Operating framework reasserts DoH's central control


    NHS chief executive David Nicholson's exhortation to look out to communities, not up to the DoH at Richmond House, is starting to look like lip service, given the new operating framework's raft of extended targets, writes Sally Gainsbury

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    Doctors doubt intellect of managers


    Clinicians regard NHS managers as committed and trying hard but 'poorly trained and not always of a high intellectual calibre', the Audit Commission has found.

  • News

    PCT annual health checks may include green targets


    Primary care trusts' green credentials could be assessed as part of their annual health check from next year. It follows an Audit Commission consultation on how PCTs' annual performance is to be rated.

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    Practice-based commissioning: poor data may scupper efforts


    The future of practice-based commissioning is in jeopardy unless the quality of data available to commissioners improves, the government's financial watchdog has warned.