NHS cuts will make up a third of £11bn savings across public servicesBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1724 (Published 26 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1724
- Zosia Kmietowicz
The health sector is to contribute the most out of the pubic services towards repaying the country’s debt by making £4.35bn (€4.83bn; $6.5bn) worth of efficiency savings by 2012-13, the government announced in the budget this week.
The Chancellor Alistair Darling confirmed it will stick to its plans to keep NHS spending at its current level in 2010-2011, but that from 2011 it would be seeking annual savings of £11bn across government departments to halve public spending as a proportion of the economy over the next four years.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the NHS savings would be made by cutting £1.5bn from the costs of procurement, £100m from the National Programme for IT, £130m by reducing energy consumption and managing estates more efficiently, and up to £555m by reducing staff sick absence.
Mr Burnham, …
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