New medical contracts hamper trusts' financial performance

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:251
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The new contracts for GPs and consultants may be contributing to a rise in the number of trusts that are failing crucial financial performance targets set out in the latest star ratings for the NHS, according to Anna Walker, head of the Healthcare Commission. The commission published its performance ratings for all English trusts for 2004-5 this week.

    She issued the annual ratings with a warning that patient care would be threatened if financial management did not improve at poorly performing trusts.

    The overall performance of trusts is improving, according to the ratings. 28% of all the 590 trusts in England have three stars (compared with 25% in …

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