Hospitals have no excuse for cutting services, says Nuffield Trust

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e275
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A new report from the health policy think tank the Nuffield Trust says that cuts in services to patients in England are difficult to justify when many opportunities exist to improve hospitals’ efficiency.

The report points out that efficiency varies widely among hospitals in England across a range of measures, including length of hospital stay, proportion of day cases, and use of information technology. It says that bringing the worst performers up to the level of the best should be a priority.

Other areas where important savings can be made include the procurement of consumable goods and the organisation of back office functions such as finance, human resources, and estates management. The report says at least £600m (€730m; $930m) could be saved …

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