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NHS is on track to meet 65% of efficiency target by April, officials say

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f346
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

By April this year, the halfway point of the government’s four year £20bn (€24bn; $32bn) efficiency drive, the NHS in England is likely to achieve 65% of the efficiency savings expected of it, MPs have been told.

However, MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have questioned the accuracy of this Department of Health prediction and raised concerns that only the easiest savings have been made so far.

The committee held an evidence session on 14 January as part of its inquiry into the NHS’s progress in making efficiency savings.

MPs asked how the NHS was doing in terms of meeting the savings expected of it. Officials from the …

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