Hospitals will be fined for emergency readmissions, says Lansley

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3079
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The government is to introduce financial penalties for hospitals who discharge patients before they are fully fit in a bid to reduce the rising number of emergency readmissions.

    In his first major speech as health secretary Andrew Lansley said hospitals would take over the responsibility from primary care trusts and GPs of caring for patients during 30 days after discharge and be paid accordingly. But if patients are readmitted with a related problem they will not be paid again for the hospital care they receive.

    Mr Lansley said this would improve links between hospital and community services and improve quality and performance. It would also shift the focus to the outcome for the patient, rather than the volume of activity paid to the hospital.

    The scheme is designed …

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