“Virtually static” NHS productivity puts prospect of savings at risk

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7275
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The NHS is showing few signs that it will be able to make the changes needed to save the £20bn (€24bn; $31bn) government target, the UK’s Audit Commission watchdog has warned.

A new report, More for Less 2009/10, reveals how and where primary care trusts spent their money last year. It shows that many key markers of success in improving NHS productivity have remained “virtually static.”

Although the Audit Commission says that primary care trusts can make savings through cutting staffing costs, increasing day surgery, and reducing emergency admissions, much wider changes will be needed across the NHS if it is to save up …

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