Health and social care

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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Planning for the Better Care Fund

The Better Care Fund is an innovative idea but the quality of early preparation and planning did not match the scale of the ambition. Current plans forecast £314m of savings for the NHS rather than the £1 billion in early planning assumptions.

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11 Nov 2014

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The financial sustainability of NHS bodies

Financial risk is increasing in NHS trusts and foundation trusts. Those in severe financial difficulty continue to rely on cash support from the Department of Health.


7 Nov 2014

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Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas

There is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need.

• This is NAO’s first report on funding since the 2013 health reforms took effect. Where possible comparisons have been made with funding under the previous system set out in a 2011 NAO report.


11 Sep 2014

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Out-of-hours GP services in England

Although some areas of the NHS in England are achieving value for money for out-of-hours GP services, this is not the case across the board.


9 Sep 2014

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Investigation into NHS Property Services Limited

In response to questions raised by the House of Commons Health Committee in late 2013 and wider Parliamentary interest, we conducted an investigation into five specific concerns about NHS Property Services. Our investigation established the facts relating to these concerns.

May 2014

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1 May 2014

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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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28 Mar 2014

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Adult social care in England: overview

The provision of adequate adult social care poses a significant public service challenge. Demand for care is rising while public spending is falling.

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13 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.


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.


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.


8 Nov 2013

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