Proposed efficiency savings could help the NHS save £5 billion per year by 2020, according to the Labour peer Lord Carter’s report.
Hospital bed-blocking ‘costs’ NHS England £900m a year. London: BBC Health News, February 5th 2016.
This relates to:
Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: unwarranted variations. An independent report for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles. February 2016. London: Department of Health, February 5th 2016.
Murray, R. (2016). Productivity in acute hospitals: are the recommendations of the Carter Review realistic? London: King’s Fund, February 2016.
Reducing unnecessary costs is a matter of some urgency:
Triggle, N. (2016). Virtually all hospitals now in deficit. London: BBC Health News, February 19th 2016.
Unrelated, but of incidental and timely interest, the Department of Health itself is not immune to plans for future efficiency savings:
Department of Health to cut 650 jobs to reduce costs. London: BBC Health News, February 5th 2016.
NHS Efficiency Map (HFMA and NHS Improvement)
The Health Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and NHS Improvement have updated the NHS efficiency map. This mapping tool is designed to promote best practice by identifying opportunities, and then delivering and monitoring cost-improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS.
Knowles, E. (2017). NHS Efficiency Map. London: Health Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and NHS Improvement, May 17th 2017.