Notes to editors
- Previous analysis by The King's Fund with the Institute for Fiscal Studies identified a £21 billion productivity gap based on a real terms freeze in NHS funding. Our latest analysis identifies £6.5 billion in expenditure that either may not be required or could be reduced, assuming that previous assumptions about pay and procurement, reducing waiting times and capital investment are revised. On the basis of a small real terms increase in NHS spending, as pledged by the coalition government, this leaves a productivity gap of around £14 billion if the NHS is to maintain quality and avoid cutting services.
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