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£1.5bn must be cut from NHS admin

8th October 2009

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has warned that if the Conservatives win the general election next year, they would cut £1.5bn from the annual cost of NHS administration within four years.

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Mr Lansley told the party conference in Manchester that he believed the health service needed to make the £15bn-£20bn savings called for by NHS chief executive David Nicholson by 2014, and that cutting the cost of NHS bureaucracy and administration would form one part of those savings.

Management areas likely to be affected are in primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and the Department of Health, along with health service quangos, though it was not made clear how the burden of cuts would fall.

Speaking after his conference address, Mr Lansley said: “To make the NHS successful, we must devolve decision making closer to patients. In doing so, we’ll save substantial sums of money. The NHS must be well managed but that’s not about expensive bureaucracy - it’s about lean and good quality management.”

NHS managers have supported the call for bureaucracy to be reduced.

However, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust chief executive Andrew Foster warned: “There is a risk the reason things go wrong is because we have too few managers.”

Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust acting chief medical officer Jonathan Fielden conceded that bureaucracy did sometimes “get in the way” of clinicians delivering care.

Primary Care Trust Network director David Stout acknowledged that the amount spent by PCTs had increased recently but said it was important to ensure management spending was used effectively.


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Jayne Crocker

Thursday 8th October 2009 @ 20:14

I agree with Andrew Lansley with cutting back on bureaucracy in the NHS. What I would like to see is the Government looking into low cost effective therapies like Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) that is out of patent. This drug, is non toxic, effective at treating autoimmune diseases, cancers, HIV/Aids, autism to name a few. It modulates the immune system which in return slows down the progression and in some cases halt these life threatening debilitating illnesses. It costs £1/day and not only saves lives, but could well save the NHS as well instead of spending so much on these expensive immune suppressant drugs which are proving to be life threatening.

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Title: £1.5bn must be cut from NHS admin
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12859
Date Added: 8th Oct 2009


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