Abstracts: November 4th, 2004

This paper from the Department of Health describes how efficiency savings of 3.2, 4.9 and 6.5 billion pounds will be achieved in the next thee years through more than 600 statutory bodies. Half of the efficiencies will come from making better use of staff time, partly through the implementation of electronic patient records, appointment booking and prescription transfers. The Department will cut 720 civil service posts and reduce the staffing of arms-length bodies by at least 5,000. NHS buying power will be used to get better value for money in the procurement of healthcare, facilities management and medical supplies. Back office services such as finance, ICT and human resources will be streamlined. Further savings will come from improved commissioning of social care, greater delegation and the introduction of incentive schemes.The paper is available at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/09/29/44/04092944.pdf