Only three NHS finance staff have been referred to their professional body over breaches of its code in the past six years, HSJ can reveal.
The national audit programme is a “drain” on hospital trusts’ resources when projects are “poorly designed or insufficiently robust”, a regional audit network has warned.
The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost three-fold in a year, a report has revealed.
An audit of NHS organisations’ 2011-12 accounts has found a widening gap between the trusts with healthy finances and those that are struggling.
The accuracy of a key component of the payment by results system has improved since 2007-08, according to a report from the Audit Commission.
Monitor could use the cost of individual patients to set national prices for NHS acute care as early as 2016-17.
The presence of expensive private finance initiative hospitals is not statistically linked to persistent financial problems in health economies, preliminary findings of new research suggest.
The move from primary care trusts to clusters was in part to blame for a £28m black hole opening up in the books of a PCT, a report has found.
The “disproportionate” financial implications of changes to the way the NHS classifies patients have led it to maintain “inaccurate recording and inaccurate payments”, the Audit Commission has reported.
NHS organisations are presenting an “inaccurate or incomplete” picture in their annual reports, with some failing to disclose the key risks they face, according to a review by auditors Grant Thornton.
Doctors have received millions of pounds in payment for patients who have moved practice, died or been forced to leave the country, according to a new report.
NHS trusts face “difficult choices about the services they provide” as they fight to sustain savings programmes of 5 per cent a year, according to a report by Monitor and the Audit Commission.
The past financial year saw a sharp rise in the proportion of primary care trusts reporting above-average costs for providing NHS services, new Department of Health figures show.
Spending on primary care last year fell more quickly than expenditure on the rest of the NHS, figures from the NHS Information Centre reveal.
Costing data in the NHS is too poor to establish fixed national prices for new acute and community services, an Audit Commission review has found.
Almost a quarter of NHS trusts have notable weaknesses in their arrangements for securing financial resilience or challenging how they secure value for money, their auditors have warned.
Commissioners are restricting patient choice and choking competition in routine elective care, the Cooperation and Competition Panel has found.
The NHS has reduced activity related to some “ineffective” treatments, but has not managed to stop the rise in other “low clinical value” procedures, according to data analysed for HSJ.
A number of foundation trusts are likely to face “qualifications”, querying the accuracy of their 2010-11 accounts, because of questions over their use of resources, auditors have warned.
The Department of Health will be “heavily reliant” on locally set prices to encourage competition from “any qualified provider” in community services, it said this week.