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Our healthcare accountants in Manchester will be watching closely over the coming month to determine whether any impact on accounting for doctors is likely in response to the public inquiry into failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009.

In parliament this week, prime minister David Cameron apologised publicly on behalf of the NHS for the needless suffering and deaths of patients of the Trust during the period, following an investigation ordered by the Coalition when it came to power in June 2010.

“This government has put compassion ahead of bureaucratic process-driven targets and put quality of care on a par with quality of treatment,” he said.

He added that a detailed response to the 290 recommendations made in the report will be given next month – but also stressed that he believes healthcare workers should be assessed not on the length of time they have been in their jobs, but on the quality of the care they deliver.

It is this assertion that could impact on accounting for doctors, if a fully results-based pay structure is ever introduced, and our healthcare accountants in Manchester will be watching carefully for any signs that this is likely to be the case.