Published: 22/08/2002, Volume II2, No. 5819 Page 8

The Audit Commission has published a commentary on the performance of the NHS.The report follows the proposal in the NHS Plan that the commission should provide an annual 'report card' setting out how well the NHS in England is performing.The report examined the initiatives and policies guiding the service, bringing together existing findings and data.The report pointed out that the£1.9bn spent on management by the health service represents just over 4p of every£1 spent. It also said that solving the problems of the NHS may mean spending 'more on management, not less'.The commission said it aims to widen the debate about the public reporting of NHS performance and stressed that it hopes its work 'will be of value' to the future Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.

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