Tories reveal plans for reducing NHS costs and funding residential care for elderly people

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4131
  1. Oliver Ellis
  1. 1BMJ

    The Conservatives’ shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has pledged to cut NHS administration costs by £1.5bn (€1.6bn; $2.4bn) in the next four years.

    Speaking at the party’s conference in Manchester this week, Mr Lansley promised to reduce spending on health service bureaucracy, which he estimated at £4.5bn. He said that primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, health “quangos,” and the Department of Health would all face cuts, with savings being passed on to frontline services.

    Mr Lansley committed a future Conservative government to improving patients’ choice, abolishing political targets, and transferring power “out from the centre, into the hands of health …

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