NHS England slips further behind on its efficiency savings target

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5297
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

NHS England has admitted that its projected efficiency savings are expected to fall 13% below the target this financial year.

NHS England had a target to achieve some £374m (€434m; $580m) in savings under the quality, innovation, productivity, and prevention (QIPP) programme in 2013-14, but an internal report says that it may fall £48.1m short of this—12.9% behind target, more than a third higher than the 9.2% shortfall forecast at the end of June 2013. Reduced savings in primary care (£22.5m behind target) account for the biggest element of the projected shortfall, the report says.

The figures, which cover the first quarter of the financial year 2013-14, appear in NHS England’s non-integrated single financial environment report, which has been released under a freedom …

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