Productivity targets will be missed18th July 2011
A survey carried out by the King's Fund of health service finance directors has said many hospitals will find it difficult to reach their productivity targets.
Many of the 29 finance directors who took part in the King's Fund quarterly monitoring report said that trusts have productivity goals for 2011/12 of 6% or higher.
These targets are above the figures required by the NHS overall to meet the £20 billion necessary to reach efficiency saving goals by 2015.
The survey said 27 of the 29 directors reported their trusts had been given targets of 4% or higher.
The survey found that 13 of those directors were given targets of 6% or higher.
In total, 50% of the directors said they did not know if they could meet the targets they had been set, including eight of the 13 who had been set 6% targets.
The report found 26 of the 29 thought their trust would break even by the end of the year, while just three thought that they would be in deficit.
Professor John Appleby, chief economist at The King’s Fund said: "This quarter’s report suggests that the government is looking to NHS providers to deliver the lion’s share of productivity improvements, with many facing very tough cost improvement targets as a result."
"Based on the feedback we received, there must be significant doubt about whether many of these targets will be met."
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Title: Productivity targets will be missed
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19143
Date Added: 18th Jul 2011