Long wait for NHS care may result in fines
NEW FINES of £2,500 could be slapped on NHS commissioners for every patient left waiting more than a year for vital care, according to proposals from health leaders.
NHS England has set out plans for both clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers of NHS care to face sanctions from the beginning of the next financial year in April.
The proposed fine of £2,500 for each patient left waiting more than 52 weeks to begin elective treatment would see CCGs – which hold the purse strings of local NHS spending – become liable for the first time for financial penalties.
But NHS England stressed that only 0.1 per cent of patients were waiting more than a year, with 3.6 million beginning treatment within 18 weeks in November.
A spokeswoman said: “The NHS has done a great job in ensuring short waits.”