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Wasn't sure what forum to put this in sorry :s

This is probably a stupid question but I was just wondering as to whether each hospital had a given amount of money that they are able to spend and whether it differed between hospitals depending on the location, capacity... etc. etc.

In what cases could they overspend if there IS a limit?

Do they ever have to go through extreme cases such as turning a life support machine off because it simply costs too much?
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Primary care trusts are given a budget based on population size, structure, and deprivation to commission health services for local people. Under the coalition government, PCTs were abolished and all trusts were expected to become foundation trusts. NHS foundation trusts are able to raise finance against a borrowing limit which is linked to their ability to repay debt based on the revenue it generates.Within the NHS, there is a payment by results system which rewards hospitals based on performance. This means that in principle the funding 'follows' the patient if he or she decides to be treated in another hospital.

Not sure about the second and third question, but there are sanctions and incentives for keeping within budget and targets. Global budget constraints within the NHS helps to keep prices down.
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(Original post by creamymami)
Primary care trusts are given a budget based on population size, structure, and deprivation to commission health services for local people. Under the coalition government, PCTs were abolished and all trusts were expected to become foundation trusts. NHS foundation trusts are able to raise finance against a borrowing limit which is linked to their ability to repay debt based on the revenue it generates.Within the NHS, there is a payment by results system which rewards hospitals based on performance. This means that in principle the funding 'follows' the patient if he or she decides to be treated in another hospital.

Not sure about the second and third question, but there are sanctions and incentives for keeping within budget and targets. Global budget constraints within the NHS helps to keep prices down.
Thank you! Very helpful
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