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Trust guilty of fiddling figures on cancellations but is cleared of accounting faults

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:998
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    An independent investigation has upheld allegations that a major London NHS trust fiddled figures on cancelled operations and inappropriately charged hospitality expenses to the public purse.

    But the investigation, which also charged the trust's board with “weak corporate oversight,” has cleared St George's Healthcare NHS Trust of alleged manipulation of outpatient waiting list figures and various accounting improprieties.

    Michael Taylor, who led the investigation, was nominated by the NHS Confederation at the request of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority.

    The authority had been asked by the South West London Strategic Health Authority …

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