NHS Confederation response on the recent announcement into assessing hospital efficiency
9 Jun 2015 11:25 AM
Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents around 500 members across health and social care, commented on the recent announcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it will begin work on assessing the use of resources in NHS hospitals.
“Finances and quality need to be seen as two sides of the same coin and we welcome news that the CQC is looking to take a more sophisticated approach.
“There must be a consistent and transparent approach to any new assessment and the NHS Confederation will be working closely with the CQC to ensure our members feed into the development of a new model of assessing efficiency.
“A joint piece of work by The NHS Confederation and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) entitled Two sides of the same coin: Balancing quality and finance to deliver greater value, published in April last year, explores how finance and medical directors can work more closely together for the benefit of patients.
“It is important that the focus of arms-length bodies are aligned so that duplication of work areas between them is minimized.”
Notes to editors
* View a copy of The NHS Confederation and AMRC document Two sides of the same coin: Balancing quality and finance to deliver greater value.
* A CQC statement on its plans to assess hospital efficiency.
* The NHS Confederation represents 85 per cent of NHS providers and commissioners. The organisation has around 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations providing NHS care. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole NHS.
* For more information contact Tamsin Newton-Snow on 07791 478 035 orTamsin.Newtonsnow@nhsconfed.org