Category Archives: National Audit Office

Health and Social Care Integration: a Tale of Over-Optimism? (NAO / BBC News)

Summary A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report warns that progress towards the integration of health and social care has been slower and less successful than expected. It has not yet delivered the efficiencies and savings that the Department of … Continue reading

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Care Funding Omitted From Autumn Statement (BBC News / NAO)

Summary The chancellor has offered no additional resources for the NHS or for social care in the Autumn Statement, much to the surprise of many commentators. Existing departmental spending plans announced last year hold firm, meaning now has to be … Continue reading

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More On the Costs and Harms of Delays in Discharging Older Patients From Hospital (BBC News / NAO)

Summary The National Audit Office (NAO)’s report on delayed discharges from hospital clarifies the extent to which such delays cause unnecessary harm to older patients and waste NHS money. Delays in discharging older patients cost an estimated £820 million per … Continue reading

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Escalating NHS Trust Deficits: Not Unexpected (BBC News / Monitor)

Summary NHS Trusts in England have run-up a £930 million “worst for a generation” deficit in the first three months of this financial year. Regulators have also noted that performance measures on waiting times for access to hospital treatment and … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Current – and Likely Future – State of the NHS (NAO / Dods)

Summary The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a “Short Guide to the Department of Health” as one of their collection of short guides about different government departments. This guide includes a wealth of statistical information in summary form, concerning … Continue reading

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Making Best Use of Data and Technology: Promises of Success and Some Failures (BBC News / NIB / NAO / NHS England)

Summary The National Audit Office has criticised the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES), i.e. the GP IT system intended to improve quality and planning in the NHS, for running over budget and behind schedule. The big idea behind the GPES … Continue reading

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GP Out-of-Hours Services: Learning From International Acute Care Models (Monitor / Committee of Public Accounts / NAO)

Summary Monitor studied acute service models internationally to inform the development of potential new models of care in the NHS. “…the NHS may be able to reduce attendances at A&E and provide better services for patients if it was able … Continue reading

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