Channel 4's Dispatches programme highlights A&E funding loss

York Press: Channel 4 documentary highlights A&E funding loss Channel 4 documentary highlights A&E funding loss

FILMING in accident and emergency at York Hospital has revealed that a government rule over payments cost the hospital £6 million.

The Dispatches programme, A&E’s Missing Millions, was filmed in York Hospital during a busy 24-hour period in December at the time of a norovirus outbreak.

Government penalties for missing targets when treating emergency services mean more than a billion pounds have been withheld from English Hospital budgets since 2010, Dispatches found.

In the case of York Hospital, the marginal tariff – intended to discourage over-reliance on A&E, meaning hospitals only get 30 per cent of the costs of treating a patient after certain numbers have been admitted – meant the hospital said it was not paid for £6 million of treatment last year.

Hospital chief executive Patrick Crowley told the programme makers that would pay for six wards’ worth of nurses in a year, or 50 to 60 consultants.

He said he had not seen any evidence the money was being invested to stop people turning up at A&E.

Mr Crowley said he did not criticise anyone in particular but said: “I think an inability to invest that 70 per cent is a function of the environment we’re currently working within.”

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group said it was forecast to withhold £3.5 million from the hospital in 2013/14 under the rules.

It said that it was coping with a financial deficit of millions of pounds, but had managed to significantly turn its finances around since taking over from the primary care trusts last year.

The CCG said it would be investing the money into specific schemes in the future. It added that withheld money was always reinvested into the hospital.

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11:32am Tue 18 Feb 14

Shouter says...

If they had kept that very useful 'walk in centre' in Monkgate, fewer people would have to go to A&E.
If they had kept that very useful 'walk in centre' in Monkgate, fewer people would have to go to A&E. Shouter

11:39am Tue 18 Feb 14

Salsaman says...

Perhaps the £6 million could be recouped from the self inflicted drunkers that fill A&E on weekend nights?
Perhaps the £6 million could be recouped from the self inflicted drunkers that fill A&E on weekend nights? Salsaman

2:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Salsaman wrote:
Perhaps the £6 million could be recouped from the self inflicted drunkers that fill A&E on weekend nights?
Drunkers eh? What bistards...
[quote][p][bold]Salsaman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the £6 million could be recouped from the self inflicted drunkers that fill A&E on weekend nights?[/p][/quote]Drunkers eh? What bistards... Garrowby Turnoff

5:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

Seriously, the Lib-Con tricksters have been found out as those who want to sink our N.H.S.
Seriously, the Lib-Con tricksters have been found out as those who want to sink our N.H.S. Owain ap Llwyd

5:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Diogenes2 says...

Owain ap Llwyd wrote:
Seriously, the Lib-Con tricksters have been found out as those who want to sink our N.H.S.
The Cons are determined to sink our N.H.S.
[quote][p][bold]Owain ap Llwyd[/bold] wrote: Seriously, the Lib-Con tricksters have been found out as those who want to sink our N.H.S.[/p][/quote]The Cons are determined to sink our N.H.S. Diogenes2

9:06am Wed 19 Feb 14

Shouter says...

Having watched the programme it was obvious that our hospital is already overstretched with the existing population. Adding another 50000 citizens or thereabouts by the building of the 22000 new homes Labour wants is sheer madness. As the doctors and nurses stated on the programme, their main concern is the health and well being of their patients and not some pie in the sky ridiculous time limits introduced by the last Labour government and still being enforced (albeit a bit less strictly) by the current one. Common sense by politicians, regardless of which party they belong to, is sadly lacking. Hospitals are there to heal the sick, not generate income in fines.
Having watched the programme it was obvious that our hospital is already overstretched with the existing population. Adding another 50000 citizens or thereabouts by the building of the 22000 new homes Labour wants is sheer madness. As the doctors and nurses stated on the programme, their main concern is the health and well being of their patients and not some pie in the sky ridiculous time limits introduced by the last Labour government and still being enforced (albeit a bit less strictly) by the current one. Common sense by politicians, regardless of which party they belong to, is sadly lacking. Hospitals are there to heal the sick, not generate income in fines. Shouter

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