NHS Confederation comments on innovation scorecards proposals

Published on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:31
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

David Stout says continued success depends on the uptake of innovative ideas but important not to create unnecessary bureaucracy.

NHS Confederation deputy chief executive David Stout said:

"The continued success of the NHS depends on the uptake of innovative ideas.  We have to keep up with technological advances and provide modern healthcare to our patients if we want the NHS to remain a world leader in healthcare.

"Sharing information on these advances is extremely useful for creating new treatments and medicines. It allows organisations to measure their progress and look at new ways of providing care and treatment. It can also increase transparency about which services and treatments are available by different providers.

"But it is important that any new measures do not lead to unnecessary bureaucracy or a duplication of information with no real benefits for hospitals, GPs or patients.

"It is also important to remember that the NHS is facing an unprecedented financial challenge and organisations must live within their means while providing high quality care. The reality is we can only afford to provide new drugs or treatments where they are cost effective and demonstrably add real patient benefits. In a health system with no financial growth, any new costs have to be offset by savings elsewhere.

"That is why it is crucial that NHS organisations engage their local communities and clinicians in decisions about priorities."

Source: NHS Confederation

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