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Potential NHS Efficiency Savings of £16m Outlined

The NHS in England could save £11.5 million each year if operating theatres only included instruments needed for a procedure, a new report suggests.

 

The NHS in England could save £11.5 million each year if operating theatres only included instruments needed for a procedure, a new report suggests.

And better use of teleconferencing could save a further £5 million, according to the report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England.

Officials examined where the health service could potentially save money as well as reduce carbon emissions.

They explored areas where there could be potential savings, including providing mental health services to people being treated for physical health needs in hospitals, encouraging staff to travel to work by bike or foot and increasing use of technology for communication - for instance between staff and for patients with long term conditions.

Overall, the NHS could save £414 million and cut one million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020, the authors said.

"We know that the NHS and health sector is facing its greatest financial challenge, and we need to seize every opportunity to realise savings and efficiencies," said David Pencheon, director of the Sustainable Development Unit.

"But we also know that seeking financial savings without considering the long-term social and environmental implications can be dangerously short-sighted in terms of health protection and improvement.

"This report and supporting resources help organisations to identify opportunities that can save money now and have a positive environmental effect - which will save money and improve health, now and in the future.

"We don't have to choose between saving money and protecting the environment - we can make decisions that will do both, as well as improve people's health."

 

Source: BT News

 

 

Potential NHS Efficiency Savings of £16m Outlined

 
 
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