Intended for healthcare professionals


Is quality of care improving in the UK?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c6646

value for money and patient safety

The reports of the apparent lack of success of investments in patient
safety in hospitals by the NPSA and the Health Foundation (BMJ, February
6th, 2011) are remarkable for their absence of economic evaluation. Given
the focus on "cost effectiveness" of NICE and public R&D programmes, the
lack of consideration of value for money in these studies is reminiscent
of old fashioned "effectiveness myopia"! With budget cuts and structural
"redisorganistion", the pertinent study question remains whether (and
what) funding of patient safety merits resource shifts from other aspects
of patient care?
Alan Maynard

Competing interests: Until 2010 Chair, York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

06 February 2011
Alan Maynard
Professor of Health Economics
University of York