GPs and nurses urged to take greater control of NHS finances

Healthcare professionals should take more control of NHS money to help improve the quality of care, according to bodies including the DoH.

Photograph: istockphoto/Damir Cudic
Photograph: istockphoto/Damir Cudic

The joint statement was signed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Audit Commission, the DoH, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Pledges include:

  • providing clinicians with information to help them better understand NHS finance and also highlighting examples of the benefits which arise from greater involvement,
  • producing practical guidance on the action finance staff need to take to encourage better engagement, and,
  • supporting the development of financial management competencies for nursing staff.

The BMA was not invited to sign the statement.

  • Do you feel the NHS is supportive enough of your efforts to take control of NHS money?

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