COST PRESSURES NOT DEMAND IS THE PRESSURE ON NHS

In a National Health Executive News article of 8th April 2015, its cost pressures and not demand that is putting pressure on the NHS. In it, Anita Charlesworth of the Kings Fund reports
“The big driver of deteriorating finances is growing cost pressures andthe big factor pushing up costs is rising spending on staff, and mostspecifically temporary staff. In 2013/14 the number of temporary staff increased by 16%  resulting in spending on temporary staff growing by £1bn (27.4%) in 2013-14.”

TO BE NHS READY:
Can you improve the productivity of permanent staff to reduce this dependence?

The NHS Five Year Forward View calls for productivity improvements and efficiency savings of 2-3% a year.Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said “It underlines that the NHS requires a new focus on “allocative” efficiencies – by doing things in new ways that
are better, simpler and more cost effective.  It is vital that the public are involved in this conversation,”

TO BE NHS READY:
How can you help do things in new ways that are better, simpler and more cost effective?
How are you engaging with patients and the public?

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