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Efficiency savings here to stay

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.136 (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:136

An efficiency squeeze on the NHS is seen by the British government as a permanent “fact of life,” says health secretary Stephen Dorrell. This puts him on a collision course with the BMA, which earlier this month condemned the imposition of efficiency savings year after year (6 July, p 51).

Mr Dorrell said bluntly that the BMA was wrong to say that there is no scope for further efficiency savings. The health service could not …

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