Wards will close and services will be cut to achieve £20bn efficiencies, say NHS finance directorsBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2612 (Published 20 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2612
- Adrian O’Dowd
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 quarter—gives 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 …