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Report cover showing a man looking at the devastation of the Tsunami

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.”

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.”

19 May 2005
Report Cover showing a drawing of a mans head which is transparent to shown the brain

Department of Health – Reducing Brain Damage: Faster access to better stroke care

“Stroke services in England have been improving and there are pockets of excellent practice on which to draw, but many patients are still denied fast and effective treatment and rehabilitation services. At £7 billion a year, stroke imposes significant economic costs. By giving stroke the attention and status it deserves, the Department will be able to make financial savings to the NHS and the wider economy. The NHS can help prevent more strokes and improve treatment, care and outcomes by re-organising services and using existing capacity more wisely. Much can be done to achieve real improvements in patients’ prognosis, treatment and rehabilitation and to reduce the toll that stroke takes on individuals and their families.”

16 Nov 2005
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Department of Health – The Paddington Health Campus scheme

“A hospital development of this scale and ambition was always going to be a challenge but the original business case was inadequate, the lack of a single sponsor was a fatal flaw and the final scheme was not deliverable. The cancellation of the Paddington scheme at a cost of £15 million has left patients, staff and visitors to the hospitals with outdated facilities.

“The Department of Health should draw on my report’s conclusions and recommendations when deciding how best to initiate and manage its £7 billion to 9 billion capital investment programme in order to provide value for money to taxpayers, patients and staff.”

19 May 2006
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Department of Health – Young people’s sexual health: the National Chlamydia Screening Programme

“To have a significant impact on chlamydia requires overall testing levels of 26 per cent or above. Only half of Primary Care Trusts reached this level in 2008-09, six years after the Programme’s launch.  Combined with the local inefficiencies and duplications, this shows that the delivery of the Programme to date has not demonstrated value for money.”


12 Nov 2009
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Department of Health: Improving Emergency Care in England

“I welcome the fact that patients in accident and emergency departments are experiencing fewer delays. This is against a background of a continuing high demand for A&E services. There is scope, however, in those trusts which are behind the best for further reductions in the time patients spend in A&E.

“The Department of Health should continue to pursue more effective joint working: on the one hand, between A&E departments and other parts of their hospitals; and, on the other, between all the providers of emergency care. Emergency care networks are a promising way of taking this forward.”

13 Oct 2004
Sketch of blood flow to the brain

Department of Health: Progress in improving stroke care

“Care for people who have had a stroke has significantly improved since we reported in 2005. The publication and early implementation of the stroke strategy have begun to make a real difference and have helped to put in place the right mechanisms to bring about these improvements. There is still work to be done though: the poorer performers must be dragged up to the same standard as the best, so that the gains that have been made are sustained and value for money improved further. The Department should focus on ensuring that health, social care and employment services are working together much more effectively.” 

3 Feb 2010