Sixty seconds on . . . Department of Health accounts

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4978
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

They’re the gold standard for good accounting, obviously?

Not exactly. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has described the Department of Health’s most recent set as “rotten.”1

Why, aren’t they accurate?

Well, they are slightly out. They contain details of an unexpected £417m (€500m; $550m) windfall in national insurance contributions that the health department had failed to declare to Her Majesty’s Treasury.2

I suppose they have to pay that windfall back?

HM Treasury is not asking for it, probably because the …

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