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NHS Confederation comment on NHS finance report

Thursday August 11th, 2011

Figures on the Audit Commissions new NHS Finance report shows that leaders are starting out from a strong position to achieve the £20bn savings required of them, but pressure will increase in the years to come.

Commenting on the report Confederation deputy director of policy Jo Webber said the figures showed NHS leaders were starting out from a strong position to achieve the £20billion savings required of them, but pressure will increase in the years to come.

She said: “Many of our members have told us they are expecting the financial situation facing their organisations to be the worst they have ever experienced”

“There is pressure on finances now, and pressure mounting down the line. With tighter finances, it will be harder to maintain the progress we have made on the quality of care and getting our books in order. It will require NHS trusts and commissioners to look at doing things differently, and more efficiently”

“We need politicians to get behind plans for new approaches to improving local services that have the best possible care at the top of their agenda.”

The NHS Confederation surveyed 287 chief executive and chairs across the NHS in June 2011. It found that 82% of those surveyed said they did not expect to overspend their budgets over the next 12 months.

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