England hospitals to receive savings target  



As part of a drive to save money, hospitals in England are being given their own individual savings targets. Asian Lite News reports

NHS protest The figures are being sent to 137 hospital trusts by Lord Carter, who has been appointed by the government to improve efficiency in the NHS.

He will spend the next six weeks meeting hospital bosses to discuss the targets, before they are made public, says a BBC news report.

In June, Lord Carter’s report on the NHS identified a number of measures it said could save £5bn a year by 2019-20.

Lord Carter came to that figure after spending a year working with 22 hospitals.

He found a wide variation in spending across medicines, everyday items, such as dressings and syringes, and on facilities such as heating.

His review also said major savings could be made through better staff rotas and management of training and annual leave.

There were also wide differences in the cost of common operations, such as hip replacements, and infection rates.

He has now broken down the savings by speciality. The process has enabled Lord Carter to benchmark what each hospital should be doing in each department.

The biggest savings were identified in general medicine, followed by obstetrics and gynaecology.

The Labour peer also said hospitals should build their own care homes to look after elderly patients after they have been treated to make it easier to discharge patients. According to the Cater Review the biggest savings can be made in the following departments:

  1. General medicine £381m
  2. Obstetrics and gynaecology £362m
  3. Trauma and orthopaedics £286m
  4. Pathology £256m
  5. Cancer services £255m
  6. Emergency medicine £254m
  7. General surgery £235m
  8. Community nursing £217m
  9. High cost drugs £213m
  10. Paediatrics £209m