Building on previous analysis produced in association with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, this paper examines the gap between the likely available funding and the level of funding required to achieve the progress projected by Sir Derek Wanless in his 2002 report for the Treasury.
It sets out: the scale of the problem; strategies for managing the cost and demand pressures; strategies for improving productivity and suggests that improving productivity offers the best option for reducing the shortfall.
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Further comment and analysis
The productivity gap – Chris Ham
Chris Ham asks what is the productivity gap, how can the NHS deliver the savings and what are the risks.
The financial challenge faced by the NHS – John Appleby
In this audio-slideshow, John Appleby talks about the general economic situation, the government's solution to spending on public services, and how we see the productivity challenges for the NHS.
Strategies needed to improve NHS productivity – Mark Jennings
In this audio-slideshow, Mark Jennings examines some of the ways the NHS could improve productivity, including doing the right things instead of doing things right.
Improving NHS productivity: Kicking the growth habit
Mark Jennings discusses what the NHS needs to do to curb its growth habit and reallocate resources to improve productivity in his blog.
Read Mark's blog: Improving NHS productivity: Kicking the growth habit