MPs accuse health authority of concealment

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 06 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:358
  1. J Warden

    A health authority in Britain has been accused of deliberately covering up millions of pounds of debts and concealing its true financial position. The criticism of South Birmingham Health Authority, whose debts have grown to around £16m, is made by the House of Commons public accounts committee.

    The committee concludes that the 1991 merger that created South Birmingham was ill prepared and badly implemented. Financial problems emerged within the first year, but information was concealed so that bad news could be fed out in increments, say the MPs. South Birmingham, which is the most indebted health authority in Britain, has been severely censured. Its £16m annual deficit is being funded by …

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