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Statement on the McKinsey report on the fiscal future of the NHS

Statement on the McKinsey report on the fiscal future of the NHS

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 02 June 2010

In February 2009 McKinsey was instructed by the Department to provide advice on how commissioners might achieve world class NHS productivity to inform the second year of the world class commissioning assurance system and future commissioner development. The advice from McKinsey was provided in March 2009 and can be found at the link below.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

"The Government is committed to increasing health spending every year. We are also committed to cutting out waste so that we can improve patient care with the savings made.

"Today, as part of our drive to make Government more transparent, I am publishing this report that was commissioned by the previous Government. It is indicative of a top-down internal process intended to cut spending by cutting staff, including frontline staff.

"It is important to cut the costs of bureaucracy, so we can sustain and improve frontline care. So, instead of drawing conclusions from top-down analysis, people should examine the unacceptable variance in performance and focus on how staff can be redeployed in order to drive up standards".


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