Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Fines over excess A&E patients means Northampton General Hospital is set for £18 million deficit

Fines over excess A&E patients means Northampton General Hospital is set for £18 million deficit Fines and penalties mostly relating to high numbers of A&E patients is contributing to a multi-million pound deficit at Northampton General Hospital.

The hospital is currently overspent by £12.5m this financial year, but forecasts by finance director Phil Bradley predict that will increase to £18.5m by April.

A complex system of penalties is to blame, with NGH being penalised for huge numbers of patients through the doors of its A&E departments even though it has no control over the influx. If numbers breach a ceratin threshold, the hospital gets less money per patient. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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