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Current NHS trust efficiencies are likely to dry up next year, experts say

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5890 (Published 19 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5890
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Most NHS organisations in England will meet efficiency targets this year but will struggle to maintain that success next year and beyond, claim experts on health policy.

Witnesses appearing before the parliamentary health select committee on 13 September said they feared that efficiency savings being made this financial year would be extremely difficult to maintain from 2012-13 onwards.

MPs were quizzing witnesses as part of the committee’s first evidence session of its new inquiry into public expenditure.

The committee’s chairman, Stephen Dorrell, the Conservative MP for Charnwood, asked witnesses what progress they thought had been made so far on the government’s drive for the NHS to make £20bn (€23bn; $32bn) worth of efficiency savings by 2015. …

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