Ridding NHS of “unwarranted variation” could save £5bn a year, says report

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 05 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i779
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The NHS in England could achieve £5bn of efficiency savings each year by 2020-21 through a combination of better staff management, improved procurement, driving down drug spending, and better estates management, an independent report has said.

The final report1 by Patrick Carter, a Labour peer, said that eradicating the “unwarranted variation” in spending and productivity between NHS hospitals across England could achieve substantial efficiency gains each year.

The review was commissioned by England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and its final recommendations follow an interim report by Carter published in June 2015. …

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