NHS cuts will make up a third of £11bn savings across public services

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1724
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    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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