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According to its website, the Healthcare Commission believes that
of finances and the quality of services go hand in hand". However, the
Healthcare Commision's own data, released on 12
October 2006, suggest that this optimism is misplaced.
I analysed the scores for "use of
resources" and "quality of services" for all PCTs in the UK. The
between these two scores is -0.01. Acute Trusts (R=0.25) and Mental
Trusts (R=0.34) show a similar lack of correlaton between resource
and quality of care.
No competing interests
17 October 2006
James H MacCabe
MRC Fellow in Health of the Public Research
Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF