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NI Hospitals Can Cut Costs, Say Reviews

Magazine article Public Finance

NI Hospitals Can Cut Costs, Say Reviews

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Northern Ireland's hospitals spend £31 m more a year than they need to, compared with the unit costs of their English NHS equivalents, according to reviews conducted for Northern Ireland's Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Belfast's Royal Group hospitals should reduce their unit costs through comprehensive discharge planning, the use of pre-operative assessment and reductions in cancelled operations and staff absenteeism, suggests an analysis by PA Consulting.

High unit costs at the Royal hospitals were identified as a major factor in overall higher costs of Northern Ireland health care in the review of efficiency carried out by Professor John Appleby of the King's Fund.

The Royal Group comprises four hospitals - Royal Victoria, Royal Jubilee Maternity Service, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Dental Hospital and is the largest hospital campus in Northern Ireland. …

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