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Lack of managers is hampering efforts to make NHS efficiency savings, MPs hear

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7459 (Published 03 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7459
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A lack of good managers is making it harder for the NHS to make efficiency savings, the head of the sector regulator for health services in England has said.

David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, told MPs on the parliamentary health committee that he had concerns about a lack of managers available to help in ongoing efforts to achieve the significant potential savings if trusts all perform as well as possible.

During an evidence session on 2 December for its annual accountability hearing with Monitor, MPs asked whether foundation trusts had enough managers to carry out the kind of transformational change set out in the Five Year Forward View published in October by NHS England and other national bodies.1 2

Bennett …

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