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Increasing clinical capacity: How improvements in the out of hospital supply chain means more time for patients

As the pressure of increasing demand alongside financial challenge continues in the NHS there is a broad consensus that, wherever possible, care needs to transfer from the hospital to the community setting. Indeed the Five Year Forward View makes it clear that this is an urgent priority and the expectation is this shift of emphasis will provide better care for patients, cut the number of unplanned bed days in hospitals and reduce costs.

Monitor - a new role in regulating NHS pricing

The current tariff-based system, which prices individual episodes of care, has worked for the past decade – providing the right incentives to reward efficiency and better performance. But if the NHS wants reimbursement to encourage innovation and promote integration, then it needs to adopt new strategies and approaches to pricing. Ian Wootton talks to David Bennett, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive at Monitor about their new role to regulate pricing in the NHS.

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