In a speech at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust marking the 60th Anniversary of the NHS, Mr Cameron will say: ‘I don’t think hospitals should be paid – or paid in full – for a treatment which leaves the patient with a hospital-acquired infection like MRSA.
‘So-called ‘treatment following adverse events’ should be the responsibility of the provider, not the purchaser – the hospital, not the GP or primary care commissioner. GPs can spend the money that they save in this way to improve care elsewhere.
‘This is a means of hard-wiring infection control into the system. Rather than a top-down system of targets which encourages ‘throughput’ above all else, we propose a bottom-up system which prioritises quality as well as quantity.’