A productivity challenge too far?

John Appleby
Publication:  British Medical Journal
Reference:  BMJ 2012;344:e2416

Richard Douglas, Department of Health director general of policy, strategy, and finance, has reportedly said that the drive to find further efficiency savings in the NHS will continue after 2015, with the total savings rising from £20bn (€24.6bn; $31bn) to a possible £50bn by 2019-20. His comments are a startling admission of the long term impact on public services of the global financial crisis and ensuing recession.

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