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2020health Press Release Cutting the costs without cancelling the services: How to save the NHS £12bn in one year without stopping a single operation

2020health releases a short report 'Cutting the cost without cancelling the services'. This is a NHS spending review ahead of the CSR.

“The NHS can deliver £12 billion in savings over the next year which can be re‐invested in new technology and elderly care,” says Julia Manning, Chief Executive and co‐author of the report released by 2020health today.

“There is no need for health trusts to make rash decisions, cancelling operations or axing doctors which will permanently affect clinical outcomes for patients. These savings can be made ahead of the longer term changes that will save money such as reconfiguration of services, reducing practice variation, reducing low‐level demand and opening up more competition.”

In the new NHS review Cutting the costs without cancelling the Services, 2020health unveil some radical proposals including:
• Merging emergency services administration – Save £14.4m
• Investing to improve staff’s health and wellbeing, reduce sickness absence and so cut agency worker’s costs - Save £555m
• Forcing mergers of pathology labs to save duplication – Save £880m
• 5% across the board pay cut for all NHS staff for just one year – Save £1.792bn
• Withholding hospital payments for hospital acquired infections – Save £150m
• Slashing management spend ‐ Save £1.5bn
• Enhancing NHS counter fraud measures, encouraging trusts to see fraud as a business risk ‐ Save £1bn
• Halting any new building plans ‐ Save £800 million
• Making NHS IT fit for purpose ‐ Save £2bn
• Reducing dependency on prescriptions and medicines waste – Save £ 1.6bn

"Andrew Lansley wants the NHS to be more accountable and each one of these measures will ensure that tax payers money is spent more wisely", says Gail Beer, Consultant Director at 2020health.

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, says, “with a massive budget deficit, every area of public spending must be looked at to find savings. The NHS is such a big budget that it cannot be ignored, and this report shows that it is possible to make large economies without harming the interests of patients. Indeed, tightening up management and eliminating duplication and delays would help to improve the experience for patients as well as saving money.”

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What we do
• Identifying issues and bringing informed people together to create solutions.
• Demonstrating how to improve health and quality of life through successful commissioning, competition and technology.
• Exploring the benefits of public and private cooperation.
• Examining the consequences of healthcare decisions on society, lifestyle and culture.
Why
• Ensure policy reflects grass-roots wisdom and experience of professionals.
• Broaden involvement and debate on key concerns to give value for money.
• Build on the achievements of the present to create the vision for improved healthcare.
How
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• Restoring trust, confidence and responsibility to professionals and enabling people to have their say through active participation and networking.
• Publicising our work through the press, events and meetings with policy makers.
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Current Interests
Commissioning; Mental health; Elderly care; Work and wellbeing; NHS IT; Value-based pricing; Long term conditions; Health and social care integration.
 

2020health Short Report Cutting the costs without cancelling the services: How to save the NHS £12bn in one year without stopping a single operation

Cutting the costs without cancelling the services: How to save the NHS £12bn in one year without stopping a single operation

This report reviews the NHS as a whole within the context of cutting costs and unveils some radical proposals, including merging emergency services administration, investing in staff health and wellbeing and enhancing NHS counter fraud measures. read on Cutting the costs without cancelling the services: How to save the NHS £12bn in one year without stopping a single operation