HSJ article on funding for specialised services

The Health Service Journal has published a comment piece by the Director of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance on the funding arrangements for specialised services.

The article provides an overview of the budgetary difficulties that have beset NHS England in the first months of its commissioning of specialised services, including the avoidable topslicing of additional funds for specialised services from Clinical Commissioning Groups just a few months after the new arrangements took effect.

If the promise of the new commissioning arrangements for specialised services is to be realised, with service standards levelled up for patients uniformly across the country, action urgently needs to be taken. NHS England must ensure that resource is properly allocated to activity and that funding for specialised services moves towards a genuine national risk share, in order to achieve both value and quality in specialised commissioning.

The article is online here and reproduced here: HSJ article on specialised services funding 20131212