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Quality improvement scheme hopes to save authority £17m in first year

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1884 (Published 29 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1884
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    A pioneering scheme that pays hospitals a bonus for delivering the best quality care is being rolled out across the NHS North West region of England after a trial showed it gave incentives to clinicians in a way that government reforms have failed to do.

    The scheme, entitled Advancing Quality, has been developed by the strategic health authority NHS North West to improve the region’s poor health and to improve patients’ hospital experience. It pays the best performing hospitals a bonus on top of what they receive through Payment by Results, the national system by which hospitals are paid for the procedures they carry out. …

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