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Coal Health Compensation Schemes

“The former Department of Trade and Industry has settled some 575,000 coal health compensation claims which in itself would be a major achievement, but it did not prepare itself properly for introducing the schemes for these two serious mining related injuries. In the early stages the consequences were significant. The taxpayer has paid too much in administration costs and many claimants, some of whom are elderly and infirm, have had to wait a long time for their compensation.

“But the Department also showed what can be achieved once it started to get its act together. These schemes illustrate important lessons for other government departments when establishing and implementing future compensation schemes.”

Published:
18 Jul 2007
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Confirmed impacts: Driving improvements in NHS stroke care

This impacts case study shows how our work prompted a national strategy for stroke care and NHS adoption of clinical best practice more widely, leading to considerable cost reductions.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Published:
14 Oct 2015
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Confirmed impacts: Helping to improve accountability in the health system

This impacts case study shows how our frequent highlighting of the need for consistent and reliable data and clearer accountability has improved reporting and data assurance in the health system.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Published:
15 Oct 2015
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Confirmed impacts: Improving the procurement of consumables by NHS trusts

This impacts case study shows how our work motivated the Department for Health to develop a tool and coding system that standarised and reduced consumables procurement costs in the NHS.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Published:
14 Oct 2015
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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.

Published:
8 Jul 2013
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Darent Valley Hospital: The PFI contract in action

“My 50th PFI/PPP report continues our current strategy of reporting on how PFI projects are working out. I am pleased to be able to report on the successful delivery of the Darent Valley PFI hospital but this early PFI deal highlights that there are important issues to manage once the operational phase is under way. In particular, although refinancing may offer attractive benefits to the public sector it may also present new risks which authorities need to fully assess before agreeing to the refinancing.”

Published:
10 Feb 2005
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Department for International Development Tsunami: Provision of Financial Support for Humanitarian Assistance

“The speed of DFID’s response after the tsunami was impressive and demonstrates the importance of planning for disasters. The scaling back of expenditure against the £75 million of immediate humanitarian assistance promised was justified, given the generosity of other governments and people from around the world. But it remains important to keep control over the £50 million paid in grants to other organisations and to know how it is spent.”

Published:
1 Mar 2006
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Department of Health – Innovation in the NHS: Local Improvement Finance Trusts

“I welcome LIFT as an attractive new way of improving primary health and social care facilities. This is an excellent example of a department doing something different and new to come up with an effective solution to an established problem. I fully support this kind of innovation and the department must carefully evaluate this initiative so that all of government, and especially Building Schools for the Future, a similar initiative, can benefit from the lessons that arise.”

Published:
19 May 2005