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NICE publishes details of spending on corporate credit cards

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is today publishing information on expenditure on its corporate credit cards for the period from August 2010 to August 2011.

The information was requested from NICE under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition to supplying the information to the enquirer, NICE has also made it available on its website.

Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, said: “This is the second time we have been asked for information about our credit card spending, so it is clearly a topic of interest. We already publish our full accounts and remuneration information for our senior staff, so we have decided also to publish this spending information.

“Government procurement cards and other credit cards are only used when it is difficult to make a payment any other way and their use is subject to strict guidelines. All our expenditure is for business purposes. No members of staff use our corporate credit cards to pay for goods or services that are not directly connected to NICE's work or the running of our offices. The credit card statements are subject to internal and external audit and all expenditure on our credit cards needs to be explained and justified by the cardholder. Our internal policy ensures that transactions on these cards are appropriate.

“For instance, in signing off a restaurant bill for groups of staff travelling away from home for a meeting or conference, we always look at the amount spent per head to check that it is within reasonable limits.

“In some cases, spending on NICE corporate credit cards is re-charged to other organisations or to employees (for example, season ticket loans and some training expenses). Recharging to other bodies is particularly common in our International division, which works on a cost-recovery basis. In the year from August 2010 to August 2011, NICE employees used corporate credit cards to pay for goods and services that cost a total of just under £126,000. Of this, just over £48,000 was recharged, either to third party organisations, or to employees.”

The spreadsheet published today on the NICE website lists all transactions, together with explanations of the spending.

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Notes to Editors

1. The spreadsheet listing all expenditure on NICE corporate credit cards from August 18 2010 to August 18 2011 is available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/website/freedomofinformation/publicationscheme/whatwespend.jsp

2. Further financial information is available in the latest NICE Annual Review: http://review2010-2011.nice.org.uk/

3. Further information on the work of NICE International is available here: http://www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/niceinternational/niceinternational.jsp

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1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health

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  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
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  • quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
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4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

This page was last updated: 24 November 2011

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