NHS will see more doctors retiring early and working abroad as result of squeeze, BMA head says

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 11 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6444
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Three leading NHS unions have questioned the wisdom of the government’s obligatory £15bn-20bn efficiency savings, saying a review of NHS resources would better identify where savings could be made.

The BMA, Royal College of Nursing, and Unison, all giving evidence to the parliamentary health select committee, said there were other ways the NHS could save money rather than the government’s insistence that the whole NHS make £15bn-20bn (€17bn-23bn; $24bn-32bn) worth of efficiency savings by 2014.

MPs on the committee, as part of their ongoing inquiry into public expenditure, asked the witnesses what impact the efficiency savings would have over the next few years given October’s comprehensive spending …

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