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From the managing editor

NHS vs the Treasury

The scale of cost efficiencies the NHS is now expected to achieve has almost tripled. Remember the £15-£20 billion that in 2009 seemed insurmountable? Now analysts are forecasting a rapid escalation in this figure to
£50 billion.

We’ve been through a period of unprecedented austerity and we thought – naïvely – remedial activity. So how on earth did it get to this?

Perhaps now it’s time the NHS is put on the spot. Just what are the efficiencies and when are they going to be achieved?

If there are none, then we need to stop the small talk and start finding real solutions to the crisis facing the NHS in ever growing measures.

Having just paid £74 million as part of its PPRS commitments to refund any excess growth in the NHS drugs bill, industry is now left wondering… just where is this money going? Back to the NHS as we’d been assured or, as many suspect, straight in the Treasury’s pocket.

Claire Bowie
Managing Editor

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