NHS England has stated that penalties for breaches outlined in the 2015/16 contract between commissioners and providers will be applied without exception. They have said that they will be taking action to ensure that CCGs understand the requirement to apply mandatory sanctions. In addition the financial penalties related to Referral to Treat (RTT) breaches are likely to increase by 25%.
Anthony Thompson of the Checklist Partnership stated that “both our CCG and provider clients are concerned by these changes. It has certainly focussed them on forecasting potential breaches before they actually occur. We have found that with advanced warning many potential breaches can be avoided.”