Providers to receive £200m more than expected
Commenting on the publication of the tariff rules today, Chris Hopson, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network said:
"We recognise the difficulty of the task here - balancing the need to create a new commissioning system with a growing squeeze on providers within a tight overall settlement. We also need to incentivise the major changes to the way that the NHS delivers healthcare that we all know are needed.
"The FTN argued strongly that provider risk is increasing rapidly and we are pleased that providers will receive £200m more than originally expected. We also welcome the changes to the 30% marginal tariff that now require commissioners to work with providers to ensure the withheld 70% of funding is fully spent on reducing preventable emergency admissions.
"But we remain concerned at the level of risk being carried by providers in 2013/14, particularly those who are being most disadvantaged through the approach on contract fines, emergency admissions and readmissions".