Daily Telegraph, June 28th 2010, p.1
This article reports the results of a survey of 92 doctors on how the current cost cutting drive, which aims at savings of £20bn, is affecting the NHS. The survey found that: 43% of respondents said that their trust had frozen recruitment of doctors and nurses; 40% said that certain treatments for minor ailments had been withdrawn; and almost 25% said that their trust was planning redundancies, mostly among administrative staff.
S. Gainsbury, B. Clover and D. West
Health Service Journal, May 20th 2010, p. 4-5
The new coalition government health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has warned Department of Health staff of his intention to cut NHS administrative costs by a third over four years, starting with 2010/11. This will entail cuts at strategic health authorities, arm's length bodies, primary care trusts and the department itself.
Daily Telegraph, June 25th 2010, p. 1 +2
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has approved the use of five new drugs to control the symptoms of severe rheumatoid arthritis. This is a reversal of its previous ruling that making available multiple arthritis drugs was not an appropriate use of NHS resources. The new guidance will be welcomed by the 40,000 patients whose condition deteriorates when first line treatments fail. They would have been left with no alternative drugs to effectively treat their debilitating symptoms.
The Times, Jun. 17th 2010, p.11
Research suggests that management costs in the NHS have risen sharply over the few years. Andrew Lansley , the health secretary, has said that the NHS will have to reduce management costs to 2008 levels. Cuts will also be required from England's ten strategic health authorities, the Department of Health and quangos.
Health Service Journal, May 20th 2010, p. 11
Senior NHS managers in London are developing a plan to rescue Barts and the Royal London Trust from its unaffordable £1bn private finance initiative deal. The plan involves splitting the Trust in two, with University College Hospital Foundation Trust acquiring its specialist heart and cancer facilities and taking responsibility for about half of the PFI repayments. The remaining half of the trust would either apply for foundation status as a general hospital, or merge with one or more neighbouring organisations.
Health Service Journal, May 27th 2010, p. 12-13
All NHS capital spending commitments approved by the Department of Health and the Treasury in 2010/11 have been recalled for review as the new coalition government seeks massive savings in public expenditure. This article looks at some of the projects at risk of cancellation.