Squeeze on health budgets should not impact on quality of careBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5426 (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5426
- Anne Gulland
Cutting costs in the NHS should not mean cutting quality, speakers warned at a debate on how trusts should prepare for a “financial storm” in the next few years.
The debate, organised by health policy think tank the King’s Fund, took place on 9 December, the same day as the chancellor’s pre-budget report, which promised to spare the NHS from swingeing cuts (BMJ 2009:339:b5428, doi:10.1136/bmj.b5428).
Penny Dash, a qualified doctor and now a partner at consultants McKinsey and Co, said that the rapid increase in healthcare spending over recent years was always going to come to an end and the …