Long wait for NHS care may re­sult in fines

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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