NHS Improvement (NHSI) and NHS England (NHSE) have published a joint proposal on changes to the National Tariff, which is used to fund secondary care, and are seeking feedback from NHS staff and other stakeholders.
Full details can be found here
The deadline for responses is Oct 29th. This is an engagement exercise to understand the perspectives of stakeholders, and does not constitute a statutory consultation, which will occur in due course.
The new proposals follow workshop events in June and July. NHSI is currently considering feedback from these events, and incorporating this into their strategy. As a result of this its impact assessment has been delayed for amendments, and will be published in due course.
The proposals see a return to the Tariff being set annually, rather than for two-year periods (as was the case for the 2017-19 Tariff). The rationale for this is the need for flexibility in light of expected service reforms, and the need for the Tariff to keep up. Other proposed changes affect the Market Forces Factor (which allows adjustments to payments based on local considerations), and how payments for emergency care are calculated, especially when demand does not match expectations.
Details of all active consultations can be found on the MAP Online Consultations page.