The NHS in England faces ambitious savings targets while maintaining services to patients. The health service was told earlier to find efficiencies of up to £20bn by 2015. A new report from the National Audit Office shows that it has made a good start, by achieving the forecast £5.9bn of savings in 2011-12.
Variabilities in efficiency do exist. A total of 31 trusts still show a deficit, suggesting there are pockets of the NHS performing less well. The NAO suggests that the NHS needs to focus more on service transformation, such as moving care out of hospitals and into the community.
Read more: BBC News – NHS facing ‘tough savings challenge’.
Triggle, N. (2012). NHS facing ‘tough savings challenge’. London: BBC Health News, December 13th 2012.
The Full NAO Report: Progress in Making NHS Efficiency Savings
Morse, A. (2012). Progress in making NHS efficiency savings. National Audit Office Report (HC 686 2012-2013). London: National Audit Office (NAO), December 2012.
There is also an Executive Summary.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].