Breadcrumb Home Multimedia Mike Farrar: meeting the Nicholson Challenge This content relates to the following topics: Productivity NHS finances Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Article information Posted:Tuesday 18 October 2011 Mike Farrar considers how the NHS can meet the Nicholson Challenge to deliver £20 billion in productivity improvements.This was recorded at our 2011 event The NHS in an age of austerity.Related contentSlideshowJohn Appleby: health spending in the EU - how does the UK compare? John Appleby looks at how health spending in the UK compares with other countries and what the prospects are for spending on health care beyond 2015.SlideshowPaul Johnson: health spending in context Paul Johnson gives an overview of how public spending is distributed and where health fits within the total spending picture. Comments Add your comment Your name Email (your email will not be made public) Your job/role Organisation Comment Post comment You may also be interested in Blog NHS medicines provision: a tricky balancing act With medicines spending growing at a time of NHS funding restraint, difficult choices lie ahead for policy-makers. Leo Ewbank assesses the current situation and looks at what the future may hold. Report The rising cost of medicines to the NHS: what’s the story? In the face of rising costs, the NHS is grappling with how to provide access to medicines in an affordable way. Our new briefing explores the NHS’s approach to managing its spending on medicines and choices that policy-makers are likely to face in future. Press release Rising spend on NHS medicines could jeopardise patients’ access to drugs, warns The King's Fund NHS funding levels are failing to keep pace with growth in NHS spending on medicines, potentially compromising patients’ access to drugs, our research finds. Report How is the NHS performing? March 2018 quarterly monitoring report We find that more patients are facing long waits for hospital treatment, with many of those experiencing the longest waits often most in need. And with demand for services continuing to rise it's very unlikely that meeting waiting time targets will become more achievable.