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Increased A&E pressure and agency staff costs put foundation trusts further into red

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1021 (Published 23 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1021

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A new fudge term (Re: Increased A&E pressure and agency staff costs put foundation trusts further into red)

"Less operationally resilient"? What a splendid new phrase, which actually means "bankrupt".

As there has been under-delivery of efficiency savings in almost every hospital every year for at least the last 30 years it is surely time for NHS leaders to realise that the concept of efficiency saving is equally bankrupt. Pursuit of unachievable targets forever is a recipe neither for success nor for satisfaction.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 March 2015
Andrew N Bamji
Retired consultant rheumatologist
Rye TN31 7ES, UK