Public Sector – Health review skirts finance

medical colleagues in the government’s drive for clinical excellence in the health service, ACCA has warned.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which was launched on 1 April, aims to produce guidelines for clinical staff to identify the most efficient way to care for patients.

But ACCA is concerned that although NICE will gather cost data alongside clinical data, financial criteria have not been made integral to its work.

As a result, the association is working with the National Pathways Association to develop guidelines on how clinical and finance staff can work together. The two will produce six documents, of which the first will be published next month.

‘In the last decade there has been significant anxiety from some clinical staff at the increasing involvement of accountants in the day-to-day running of the NHS. We are now at risk of finance staff being left behind,’ said ACCA health spokesman Tom Jones.

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