NHS productivity falls despite gains of 6% needed to reach target savings

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7287
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

Hospital productivity has declined over the past decade despite increased funding, new figures show.

The National Audit Office report, which uses data from the Office for National Statistics, shows an average decrease in overall NHS productivity of 0.2% a year since 2000. In hospitals, productivity fell by around 1.4% a year.

And yet recent research indicates that productivity gains of about 6% a year will be required to meet the required £15-20bn (€18-24bn; $23-31bn) efficiency savings required by March 2015.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, explained: “Over the last 10 years, there has been significant real growth in the resources going into the NHS, most of it funding higher …

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