KPMG has revealed that foundation trusts could have earned an estimated £70m
more in private patient funds than their accounts show.
The discovery was made when union Unison challenged the regulators Monitor on
the size of the income cap foundations can earn from private clients, the
Service Journal reported.
Unison head of health Karen Jennings said they had feared this outcome.
‘This is at least as bad as we feared. Foundations can do this because they
have been given the scope to by Monitor,’ said Jennings.
Monitor commissioned KPMG to look into the income the trusts had received
from the private patient care division.
KPMG found that £70m could be viewed as private income under the widest
possible definition. If the trusts had reported all income from private
clients, 24 of the 40 foundation trusts could have breached their cap.
The Big Four firm concluded that the widest definition could consist of
services to private patients including catering, and money recouped from private
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