Whose money is it anyway?

The system of funding specialised services is in need of review – that was the view of delegates at the Specialised Healthcare Alliance’s event at the annual NHS Confederation conference in Manchester on 20 June. In a lively debate among commissioners, providers and others, there was recognition of the limitations of the method of top-slicing PCTs to fund specialised healthcare at the national level.

Mark Cooke, Chief Executive of Dudley PCT and Dr Stephen Waldek, Medical Director of Salford NHS Foundation Trust were the speakers at the event, where delegates also discussed how commissioners could influence research and development priorities and the importance of decommissioning outdated services in the NHS.