Responding to National Audit Office report on NHS spending

Rob Webster

Responding to the National Audit Office’s report on NHS spending released today (16 December), Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation, said:

The NHS faces its toughest challenges for a generation. The Spending Review made the conditions for achieving the £22 billion efficiency programme clearer rather than easier. The NHS needs to use the next two years to make the absolute most of money for transforming services before funding once again falls behind increasing demand for care. If left unaddressed, cuts to social care and public health will continue to pile more pressure on hospitals and will worsen the deficits in the acute sector.

The National Audit Office report published today shows how bad the current situation is and helpfully recommends actions for the national bodies to take. These include measures our members have wanted to see implemented for some time, such as payment reform and longer term planning cycles. Hopefully, guidance and allocations published this week will reflect these asks and support the NHS to get on with the most important thing, which is planning for how to change care locally.

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