Auditors query NHS savings
Auditors have managed to substantiate less than two-thirds of the £5.8bn savings the Department of Health claimed the NHS achieved last year.
The health service is required to save £20bn over the four years to 2014/15 through improved efficiency. Savings of £5.9bn had been forecast for 2011/12 and £5.8bn achieved, according to the DoH.
A National Audit Office progress report found the health service had made a ‘good start’, but was ‘understandably’ making the easiest savings first.