Closing the NHS funding gap: Can it be done through greater efficiency? – The Health Foundation – February 2014
“Recently, the Health Foundation brought together senior health sector leaders to consider whether the NHS can close the £30bn funding gap through greater efficiency.
The discussion was stimulated by Monitor’s publication last year of Closing the NHS funding gap: how to get better value healthcare for patients which highlighted the financial challenges facing the NHS in England. The report identified four key areas where there were opportunities to make significant productivity gains across the NHS by 2021 and beyond:
improving productivity within existing services
delivering the right care in the right setting
developing new ways of delivering care
allocating spending more rationally.
While the original intention had been to focus the roundtable discussion around the 2021 challenge, it quickly became clear that there was a more immediate hurdle to clear first – the financial pressures facing the system in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
This report highlights the following key points from the presentations and discussions on the day:”
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