Soon patients will be aware of the care being provided to them by their local hospital or health authority. Government has taken up step forward to eliminate postcode prescribing in NHS. In order to save money, health authorities deny the access to approved drugs.
Under postcode prescribing, patients are provided the treatment on the basis of their country and the treatment their health board is willing to provide. Depending upon all these factors the costs of the treatment are also decided, that is whether a costly treatment or less expensive one.
Government has ordered every health authority and commissioning body in England, to reveal their figures, which will detail the number of patients treated, and how many are prescribed with recent drugs and treatments suggested by NICE. The plan will be implemented by this autumn.
Each health board will possess its innovation scorecard, which will initially be undertaking 20 main treatments and intervention, with time; these will even include the drugs. Hence, now patients will be able to compare between the treatments and services provided by the hospitals across the country.
And in case of the hospitals, that are not providing patients with the recommended treatment, they will be officially condemned by the Department of Health. Next month, these plans will be officially declared by Head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson.
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