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Study heralds success of payment by results

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Government reforms to make money follow the patient have led to lower hospital costs and higher patient volumes but have not reduced quality of care, according to researchers.

The research, published in today’s British Medical Journal, compared hospital activity in areas that used payment by results and those that did not between 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Despite falling hospital spending on each patient, the Aberdeen University researchers said they found no evidence that the quality of care diminished. However, they did find that the quality of care improved over the time period in those hospitals which became foundation trusts.

The researchers conclude: “Taken together, the analysis suggests that payment by results is capable of achieving, and has in the short time since its adoption actually achieved, real changes in delivery of health care in hospitals in England.”

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  • So, once again we're told nationally that we CAN do more and more with less and less. Come on, NT - get your mix of articles right. Or is it once more a case of 'you can prove anything with research'?
    What about the link (on this page!) to the article of 31st March, indeed all the preceding articles suggesting the profession's going to be floundering with "soaring vacancies". Somebody somewhere evidently hasn't got a clue, or is seriously out of touch with reality. My money's on the latter, and the 'somebody' in question is HM Government (perhaps 'government' is now a misnomer).

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