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Sixty seconds on . . . NHS productivity

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 20 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2731
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

What’s the problem now?

NHS productivity is in the news again, with disagreements over how it’s measured and whether the NHS in England will meet the “ambitious” 2% a year increase in productivity target in the government’s NHS long term workforce plan.1

How is NHS productivity measured?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) measures healthcare productivity by comparing the total quantity of healthcare provided with the amount of money going to the …

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