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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.