Department of Health issues new tariffs for NHS trustsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.687-b (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:687
- Andrew Cole
The acting chief executive of the NHS, Ian Carruthers, last week ordered an immediate review of all aspects of the tariffs charged by NHS trusts under the “payment by results” system, after serious miscalculations that left primary care trusts in financial limbo.
Sir Ian also apologised on behalf of the Department of Health for the difficulties the mistakes had caused. The tariffs—a price structure itemising how much provider trusts can charge to primary care and other trusts for particular operations or treatments—have now been recalculated and made available to trusts.
But concern is growing among health managers that the delay in setting the prices could further …