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NHS is told to save £2.2bn by being more efficient

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7574.873 (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:873
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The NHS in England could save more than £2bn (€3bn; $3.7bn) a year through better productivity and efficiency, says the Department of Health.


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    Tackling big variations in performance could unlock resources worth £2.2bn and improve care of patients at the same time, said the health minister Andy Burnham.

    New indicators, which will be produced quarterly by the NHS, are designed to show how much each trust could save if it was performing as well as the best 25%. The indicators target a number of areas, including length of stay in hospital, efficiency of emergency admissions …

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