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Public health programmes will have to prove they are cost effective

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1222
  1. Colleen Shannon
  1. London

    Public health programmes will have to prove they are working—and providing good value for taxpayers' money—when a new inspection regime is launched in the NHS next year.

    This warning came from Professor Ian Kennedy, chairman of the Healthcare Commission (previously the Commission for Healthcare Improvement). The commission, which monitors clinical quality in the NHS, also has a duty to ensure cost effectiveness.

    “You will have to persuade the least readily persuadable people in the land—the Treasury—that this is money well spent,” he told public health experts meeting last week at the King's Fund, an independent healthcare think tank. Professor Kennedy …

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