Government disputes that half of NHS efficiency savings came from staff pay freeze

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 15 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7771
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government does not accept the claim made by representatives of NHS trusts that half of the latest £5.8bn (€7.2bn; $9.2bn) efficiency savings made by the NHS in 2011-12 resulted from staff pay being frozen.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt, making his first appearance before the parliamentary health select committee on 13 November as part of its inquiry into public expenditure, said that the government estimated that around a third (£1.5bn) of the efficiency savings was linked to pay issues last year.

MPs also pushed the health secretary to explain why around £1bn worth of efficiency savings made by the NHS was handed back to the Treasury last year rather than being directly …

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