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NHS could face even tougher targets on efficiency and productivity

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1756 (Published 26 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1756
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS in England may have to make productivity and efficiency savings even higher than the £15bn (€17bn; $22bn) to £20bn currently set by the government, MPs have been told.

    Experts on economic and health policy have warned that the health service is facing a “massive” step up in the level of efficiency savings it must meet over the next few years and that these could increase even more.

    The parliamentary health select committee held a one-off evidence session on 25 March for its inquiry into value for money in the NHS.

    MPs asked the witnesses what state they expected the NHS’s finances to be in over the next parliamentary period.

    John Appleby, chief economist at …

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