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Social enterprises need to prove value for money, says public spending watchdog

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4077 (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4077
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Social enterprises set up in England under a scheme allowing NHS staff to run services themselves are not being evaluated as to whether they deliver value for money, a report by the public spending watchdog warns.

A National Audit Office study of the health and social care enterprises, established under the government’s “right to request” programme, stops short of urging the government to set targets but calls on it to “put in place arrangements” to enable it to evaluate whether the programme provides value for money. The Department of Health should also specify what the costs and benefits of the programme should be, what the costs actually are, and whether any benefits are being …

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