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NHS England underspends by £2.1bn

9th December 2008

The Health Committee has said the health service did not spend £2.1 billion in 2007/08 in England - an amount quadruple that of 2006/07.

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The surplus was identified by the Health Committee in its yearly survey into how money is spent in healthcare and social services.

The NHS now employs significantly more administrators than it did in 1997. The number of roles has risen from 131,859 in 1997 to 184,888 in 2007.

The Health Committee’s public expenditure survey was completed by the Department of Health.

The results will inform the committee's questions - set to take place in London in December - to NHS chief executive David Nicholson, director general of NHS finance, performance and operations David Flory and permanent secretary Hugh Taylor.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "We welcome the news that the health service is on a firm financial footing but a £2.1bn surplus is £2.1bn which could have been spent on quality patient care. It is vital that the government swiftly re-invests every penny of the surplus in frontline services."

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA's consultants committee, commented: "NHS staff have worked incredibly hard to drive down waiting times and mortality rates. These figures show that their efforts have delivered financial success to the NHS."


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