The King's Fund

Improving NHS productivity

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Candace Imison, Chris Ham, John Appleby, Mark Jennings
  • Publication date: 21-Jul-2010

Although the coalition government has pledged to protect funding for the NHS, the pressures to meet rising demand will put a strain on spending. Building on a previous analysis produced in association with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, this paper examines the gap between the likely available funding and the level of funding required to achieve the progress projected by Sir Derek Wanless in his 2002 report for the Treasury. It sets out: the scale of the problem; strategies for managing the cost and demand pressures; strategies for improving productivity and suggests that improving productivity offers the best option for reducing the shortfall.