NHS doctors and finance staff have a negative view of each other

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1175
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Doctors must be involved in financial decision making in the NHS to avoid repeating the cash disasters of recent times, England’s public spending watchdog says.

    The Audit Commission has published a report calling for much better communication and working relationships between clinical and finance staff. The NHS will become more efficient and will improve services for patients only if relationships between these two groups of staff are stronger, says the report.

    Failure to engage doctors and other clinical staff in managing budgets is at the heart of financial problems in the NHS, say the authors.

    They interviewed staff at …

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