The Lord Carter Review, which looks into better procurement, better hiring and management of staff and better use of medicines, implies that the NHS might save around £5 billion per year. It is suggested that much waste of NHS resources might be avoided, simply through suitable economies of scale in purchasing of supplies, with better leveraging of the NHS’s collective bargaining power / buying power. More effective use of NHS estates may also offer potential for cost savings or income generation.
Greater standardisation across the NHS is to be facilitated when Lord Carter publishes a template for a more efficient model hospital later this year.
Triggle, N. (2015). Simple steps ‘could save NHS £5bn’. London: BBC Health News, June 11th 2015.
This relates to:
Review of operational productivity in NHS providers: an independent report for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles. Interim report; June 2015. London: Department of Health, June 11th 2015.
Brief analysis from BBC News:
Pym, H. (2015). Less NHS waste: Is Lord Carter’s report a case of deja vu? London: BBC Health News, June 11th 2015.
Prescription Medication: Funded by the UK Taxpayer Reminder
Approximately 30% – 50% of patients don’t use their medicines as intended and it is estimated that avoidable waste of medicines costs around £150 million per year. The government has plans for packets of prescription medication costing more than £20 to display how much their contents cost taxpayers. The actual cost and the reminder “funded by the UK taxpayer” will be added to packs in England, in the hope of increasing awareness of wasted medicines. The aim is to reduce the £300 million on wasted medications prescribed but unused.
Prescriptions to display drug cost. London: BBC Health News, July 1st 2015.
Full Text Link (Transcript of speech at the Local Government Association Annual Conference in Harrogate).
Personal responsibility. London: Department of Health and Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, July 1st 2015.