Monday, 25 March 2013

Department of Health: progress in making NHS efficiency savings

Department of Health: progress in making NHS efficiency savings: This Public Accounts Committee report examined progress to date in making NHS efficiency savings, on the basis of evidence from the Department of Health. Conclusions drawn included the following: the Department of Health's data on reported efficiency savings is unreliable; financial pressures may be causing some hospital trusts to cut staff with damaging effects on the quality and safety of care; there are concerns over rationing of treatments; there is a need to fundamentally change the way healthcare is provided to secure the level of savings needed in the future; the public debate needs to be better informed; and that it is not currently clear who will take strategic decisions in the reformed NHS.

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