Business Plan Quarterly Data Summary – October 2012

The Department of Health has today published its latest Quarterly Data Summary (QDS), covering quarter 1 of the 2012–13 financial year.

Under the new QDS framework, departments’ spending data is published every quarter, to show the taxpayer how the government is spending their money. The QDS grew out of commitments made in the 2011 Budget and the Written Ministerial Statement on Business Plans. For the financial year 2012–13, the QDS has been revised and improved in line with Action 9 of the Civil Service Reform Plan to provide a common set of data that will enable comparisons of operational performance across government so that departments and individuals can be held to account.

The QDS breaks down the total spend of departments in three ways: by budget, by internal operation and by transaction. At this moment this data is published by individual departments in excel format, however, in the future the intention is to make this data available centrally through an online application.

Over time, departments will be making further improvements to the quality of the data and its timeliness. It is expected that with time this process will allow the public to understand better the performance of each department and government operations in a meaningful way.

The QDS template is the same for all departments, though the individual detail of grants and policy will differ from department to department. In using this data:

1.    People should ensure they take full note of the caveats noted in each department’s return.

2.    As the improvement of the QDS is an ongoing process data quality and data completeness will develop over time, and therefore necessary caution should be applied to any comparative analysis undertaken.

Departments will be updating the QDS regularly (on a quarterly basis) with the next publication – for quarter 2 of 2012–13 – planned to follow in December 2012.

All data in this edition of the QDS for the Department of Health was correct as at 12 October 2012.



Public enquiries: Members of the public should contact the Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit on 020 7210 4850 or 020 7210 5025 (for people with impaired hearing).

Press enquiries: Members of the media should contact the Chief News Officer on 020 7210 5707 (8am to 7pm).

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