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Squeeze on health budgets should not impact on quality of care

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5426
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    Cutting costs in the NHS should not mean cutting quality, speakers warned at a debate on how trusts should prepare for a “financial storm” in the next few years.

    The debate, organised by health policy think tank the King’s Fund, took place on 9 December, the same day as the chancellor’s pre-budget report, which promised to spare the NHS from swingeing cuts (BMJ 2009:339:b5428, doi:10.1136/bmj.b5428).

    Penny Dash, a qualified doctor and now a partner at consultants McKinsey and Co, said that the rapid increase in healthcare spending over recent years was always going to come to an end and the …

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