Headlines, PublicNet: 18 September, 2013

Increasing pressures are resulting in NHS Trusts facing the choice of maintaining a focus on performance or prioritising the quality of patient care.

A survey of finance leads from clinical commissioning groups and trust finance directors by the King’s Fund’s reveals the financial pressures that trusts are facing. The NHS will struggle to meet its target of delivering £20 billion in productivity improvements by 2015. Only 10 per cent of NHS finance directors surveyed rated the chances of meeting the target as better than 50/50. The majority, 56 per cent, identified a high or very high risk that the target will not be met, while a third, 34 per cent, rated the likelihood of success as 50/50.

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