Labour acts to cut NHS costs

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1569
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The new British government made its first moves last week to change the NHS, although the BMA and others in the field regard the changes as more cosmetic than creative. They include deferring the next round of GP fundholders to save £120m ($192m) and an £80m cut in management costs, to release an extra £10m to treat breast cancer.

    These changes will honour Labour's commitment in its manifesto to reduce management costs by £100m this year. But they are no longer coupled to a pledge to trim hospital waiting lists by 100 000 in the face of new figures showing that lists rose by that amount in the previous year, to a total of 1 164 400.

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