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Wards will close and services will be cut to achieve £20bn efficiencies, say NHS finance directors

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2612
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Hospital wards could close and services be cut back to achieve mandatory efficiency savings, claim around half of finance managers at NHS trusts, a report has found.

The report from health policy think tank the King’s Fund published on 19 April described the harsh reality of trusts having to make the £20bn (€22.7bn; $32.7bn) worth of efficiency savings demanded by the government by the end of 2014-15.

The report How is the NHS performing?—the first update from a series to be published by the think tank every quartergives a snapshot of the state of the NHS by combining analysis of key performance data with the views of a panel of NHS finance directors.

The report …

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