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Seven days in medicine: 6-12 February

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 11 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i792

NHS news

NHS expects record deficits Two healthcare trusts in London, UK, are set to end the financial year with the largest deficits in NHS history. Barts Health NHS Trust is on course to report a deficit of £134.9m (€172m; $195m), 69% higher than its £79.6m deficit last year, while London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is due to record a deficit of £88.3m. Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund think tank, said that “2016-17 will be a make or break year for the NHS.”

NHS could save £5bn The NHS in England could achieve £5bn a year (€6.38bn; $7.23bn) in efficiency savings by 2020-21 through a combination of better staff management, improved procurement, lower drug spending, and better estates management, said the final report from Patrick Carter, a Labour Party peer. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i779.)

Adult mental healthcare is “inadequate nationally” A new waiting time target of four hours for admission to UK acute psychiatric care should be introduced, a commission set up …

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