Shrinking budgets, improving care: Cut administration and buy wiselyBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1258 (Published 17 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1258
- Phil Leonard, senior manager
- 1UK and Ireland Advisory Services, Ernst and Young, London SE1 2AF
In financial terms, the National Health Service has grown substantially in recent years but that growth is about to slow rapidly. This sounds like bad news for NHS managers because they need to think of ways to save quite a lot of money rather quickly. In fact, it is an opportunity not only for the managers but for doctors and their colleagues. With careful thought they can save the NHS billions of pounds and improve health care by refocusing investment in areas that deliver best value for patients and divert it from underperforming services and unnecessary administration.
Deep cuts in administrative costs
Across the NHS, administration costs £10bn-£15bn a year. Although many professionals in …