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'Profound tension' between money and care on NHS

A "profound tension" is facing the NHS over the amount of money available and the need to provide high quality care, according to a report published on the one year anniversary of the inquiry into Mid Staffs.

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Excellent care 'must have' higher priority in NHS

High quality care must be centre stage in the NHS and take priority over hitting targets, a report put together by key managers in health service trusts said.

The research found enthusiasm for the proposals put forward by the Francis report, but warned of a "profound tension" between the quality of car desired and what could be paid for.

However, the report noted that one leader said: "I'd rather be hung for money than for quality and safety."

The report said Francis had "brought a powerful sense of professional shame" but added:

The pressure to stay within limited budgets that existed at the time of Mid Staffordshire has not gone away but has intensified, as funding increases for the NHS have been frozen in real terms since 2011/12.

– Manager in NHS report

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