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Trusts to be graded by finances as well as quality of care

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:626
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    NHS trusts that overspend, even by only a few hundred pounds, will be heavily penalised under the annual “health check” that replaces the old star rating system this autumn. The Healthcare Commission, the NHS's inspection body, announced this week that trusts will receive two separate ratings, one for quality of care and one for financial management. And, the commission made clear, overspending will not be tolerated. The tough new approach follows growing concerns about the current state of the NHS's finances, with a record overspend predicted by the end of the financial year.

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