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Health department’s NHS accounts are “rotten,” say MPs

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4896 (Published 08 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4896
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The government has produced a “rotten” set of accounts for the NHS in England over the most recent financial year, MPs on the influential parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have said.

The Department of Health accounts1 for 2015-16 were repeatedly attacked and criticised by MPs during an angry session of the committee on 7 September when it questioned department officials about the figures and the concerns raised about them recently by the National Audit Office.2

The committee’s chair, Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said that the committee had been concerned and disappointed that the department’s accounts …

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