Managers warn that NHS is facing a £15bn shortfall after 2011

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 12 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2400
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS could be hit by a £15bn (€18bn; $25bn) budget shortfall in a few years time because of reduced government investment, rising costs, and the recession, says the body that represents NHS organisations.

    The NHS Confederation has said that services may have to be cut, staff numbers trimmed, limits imposed on new drugs, and possible new efficiency savings set in areas such as prescribing in primary care to cope with the anticipated shortfall.

    In its report published at its annual conference this week in Liverpool, the confederation warns that the NHS will face “the most severe constriction ever in its finances” …

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