The savings equate to around 42% of the forecast annual total.
Efficiency savings of up to £20bn by 2014-15 are required by the QIPP programme. While Mr Florey’s report shows ‘good progress’ has been made in NHS system transformation, it continues to emphasise that the service must maintain its focus.
He said: “The winter period presents an annual challenge and this will continue to be the case this year. It is vital that the NHS plans and prepares for this to ensure that the positive momentum built up in the first two quarters is maintained.”
Mr Florey also said that progress had been made against key milestones in each region, indicating that the NHS is performing in line with expectations.