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The King's Fund ~ Better value in the NHS – report summary

Our new report calls on doctors, nurses and other staff to engage in a new mission to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.

 

Maximising health outcomes, minimising NHS costs

The NHS has always strived to improve quality and reduce costs. That issue is coming into even sharper focus, given the context of unprecedented financial constraint and the calls for efficiency savings of £22 billion from the NHS five year forward view.

However, focusing on the monetary value of the challenge risks missing the real essence of the task facing the NHS, which is about getting better value from the NHS budget. This means maximising the outcomes produced by the activities the NHS carries out, while minimising their costs. Framing the debate in terms of efficiency and costs also risks losing the opportunity to engage clinical staff in the challenge of changing the way in which care is delivered.

Our review of the evidence suggests that there are significant opportunities to get better value from the NHS budget. In our report Better value in the NHS: the role of changes in clinical practice (available soon), we look back at past trends in NHS productivity and draw on evidence to illustrate a number of areas where NHS services can be improved in the future.

The full report summary can be read HERE.

 

Source: The King's Fund

 

 

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