Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Recovery 'Not a Result of Cuts', Says Head

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Recovery 'Not a Result of Cuts', Says Head

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The chief executive of the NHS has denied that the financial turnaround in the health service is a result of service cuts.

David Nicholson told MPs that the improvement in the NHS - which recorded a £515m surplus in 2006/07, compared with a £547m deficit the previous year - was a result of good management practice, and not bed and ward closures.

Addressing the Commons' Public Accounts Committee on January 21, Nicholson said clinicians and managers had worked hard to reduce the number of trusts in deficit, while improving patient satisfaction rates and meeting national targets.

But he added: 'Some people's service cuts would be my efficiencies. So if you reduce the average length of stay for inpatients by 20%, the way that you deliver savings out ofthat is to reduce the number of beds and the number of wards that you have. …

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