Books

Published: 06/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5784 Page 33

Introductory Guide to NHS Finance in the UK - 5th edition

By the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the NHS Executive 158 pages.£19. 95 (or£85 for five copies).

Available from: brenda. gwilliam@hfma. org. uk

The structure of the NHS is now changing so fast that even the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the NHS Executive are struggling to keep up. The fifth edition of this clear but comprehensive guide to NHS finance is now in its second imprint, and enough changes were made between the first and second version for it to be worth offering readers free downloads of the amendments from the HFMA website, www. hfma. org. uk.

This aside, the Introductory Guide clearly explains how money is allocated to the NHS, who spends it and how they account for it - and how things differ in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The glossary and list of abbreviations alone should be essential reading for anyone who needs to know their BAFO from their OJEC, their MADEL from their SIFT or a NED from an SoS.