Swifter action on suspensions could save £14m

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1065
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    Informal leave, sometimes called “gardening leave,” and formal suspension of clinical staff costs the NHS £29m ($49m; €42m) a year, says a new report published this week by the National Audit Office. It calls for greater transparency, openness, and speed in managing investigations.

    The office investigated over 1000 cases where clinical staff had been excluded in the period April 2001 to July 2002 and found that if exclusions were managed more efficiently and concluded within six months it would save the NHS £14m a year.

    The report found that doctors accounted for 200 of the exclusions, …

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