Thursday, 22 March 2007
NHS Numbers are 300% Wrong
One of my local hospitals has been under the threat of closure with a £30 million financial deficit. I've been supporting the campaign to save this hospital since last September here. Now it appears that it paid the government £19.1 million pounds for "payment by results" when the actual sum should have been only £5.6 million. i.e. the accounts were out by over 300%.
I know that NHS accounts are hopelessly complicated by how, how, how can they be out by over 3 times?
The Government is generously returning £9 million but another £4.5 million is lost for ever into the dark hole of NHS budgets.
The people who suffer are the doctors, nurses and other staff who have lived with the threat of closure for months and ultimately the patients. To cap it all this is being spun as "good news".