Patient care worsens as NHS deficits persist

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2866
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Patient care in England in hospitals and in the community has worsened in the past year, most finance leaders say. The latest quarterly monitoring report by the King’s Fund said that the findings on quality of care were the most worrying since it began tracking this in 2012.1

Altogether, 65% of trust finance directors and 54% of finance leads at clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) thought that patient care had worsened in their local area in the past year. Of 241 NHS trust finance directors, 87 (35% response rate) responded to regular surveys for the report from 8 April to 3 May 2016, along with 42 of 149 CCG finance leads (22%).

The report underlined the increasing strain on the …

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