All NHS Boards are challenged with making difficult decisions, whether about prioritising which services they invest in, or whether to fund certain treatments for individual patients. With increasing scrutiny of the decisions that NHS Boards make, and concerns about how such decisions are reached, together with the challenges of trying to meet ever increasing demands for services and treatments, NHS Boards need to ensure that their decision making is robust and fair.
The report “Making Difficult Decisions in NHS Boards” (March 2010), produced by a national group with representation from several NHS Board regions, Scottish Universities, Scottish Government and Consumer Focus Scotland, provides real and practical assistance for NHS Boards and clinicians, and will be of interest to anybody who wants to know how NHS Boards make difficult decisions.
George Brechin, Chief Executive, NHS Fife
For more information contactGraham Mackenzie, Consultant in Public Health (NHS Lothian)
Tel: 0131 536 9133 Contact Graham Mackenzie online