12th December 2011

New NHS Atlas of Variation published

The NHS Atlas of Variation has today been published by the Department of Health to highlight the amount each Primary Care Trust (PCT) in England spends on clinical services and links this with the health outcomes patients see.

Consisting of 71 maps, the Atlas will help commissioners learn from one other, consider the appropriateness of a service, and investigate when clinical health outcomes are not reflecting the financial investment that has been made.

The first NHS Atlas of Variation, consisting of 34 maps, was published in November 2010.

Neurological Alliance Chief Executive Arlene Wilkie said:

“We welcome the publication of this second edition of the NHS Atlas of Variation. We support the drive to improve standards of NHS patient care by creating measures to compare local NHS organisations and we hope this will lead to improved patient outcomes.”

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