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Our work covers a wide range of organisations under the responsibility of the Department of Health. We annually audit the Department of Health's Resource Account, the accounts of its arms length bodies, the summarised accounts of Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts, and consolidated accounts for Foundation Trusts.

Our Value for Money programme provides assurance to Parliament on the extent to which the NHS and the Department of Health deliver economically, efficiently and effectively across the health care sector.

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Department of Health 2012-13

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we have produced covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Health.

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Published:
28 Mar 2014

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Monitor: Regulating NHS foundation trusts

Monitor has achieved value for money in regulating NHS foundation trusts, and has generally been effective in helping trusts in difficulty to improve.

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26 Feb 2014

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NHS waiting times for elective care in England

The NAO has identified inconsistencies in the way trusts measure waiting time and errors in the time recorded.

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23 Jan 2014

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Maternity services in England

Most women have good outcomes from NHS maternity services, but there are significant and unexplained variations in performance around the country.

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Published:
8 Nov 2013

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Emergency admissions to hospital: managing the demand

Many emergency admissions to hospital are avoidable and many patients stay in hospital longer than is necessary.

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Published:
31 Oct 2013

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Food safety and authenticity in the processed meat supply chain

The horsemeat incident in January 2013 exposed weaknesses in control in the food supply chain.

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Published:
10 Oct 2013

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2012-13 review of the data systems for the Department of Health

Review of a sample of the data systems underpinning the input and impact indicators in the Department of Health’s Business Plan, Common Areas of Spend and wider management information.
This review was carried out on the 2012-15 Business Plan. Revised Business Plans were issued in June 2013.

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Published:
29 Aug 2013

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2012-13 update on indicators of financial sustainability in the NHS

There was a surplus of £2.1 billion across the NHS in 2012-13, matching that in 2011-12. However, there are signs of increasing pressure.

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Published:
18 Jul 2013

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Managing the transition to the reformed health system

Although new organisations set up as part of the reformed health system were ready to start functioning on time, the transition to the system is not yet complete.

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Published:
10 Jul 2013

Hospital

Confirmed impacts: Securing the future financial sustainability of the National Health Service

We found that the 2007-2011 Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board’s poor financial management and procurement of an unaffordable PFI scheme had left the Trust in a critical financial position.

This NAO impacts case study represents one example where there has been some beneficial change, whether financial or non-financial, resulting from our involvement.

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8 Jul 2013

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