Commissioning of specialised services

The National Audit Office has published The commissioning of specialised services in the NHS. The report reveals that spending on specialised services has increased at a much greater rate than other parts of the NHS.

The report highlights that although NHS England took responsibility for commissioning these services three years ago, it still does not have an agreed overarching service strategy, consistent information from all providers on costs, access to services and outcomes or how efficiently services are being delivered. The report finds that a number of factors are creating financial pressures for specialised services including the increasing volume of effective but expensive new drugs, and increasing demand for these services.

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