NHS Providers to tackle unwarranted variance

A new report by NHS Providers sets out recommendations for NHS trusts to improve efficiencies, deliver better patient care and reduce variation across clinical specialties.

The Getting It Right First Time programme: early views from the provider sector encourages NHS national bodies to set realistic savings targets and timescales which take into account wider pressures in the system. Trusts have argued for caution over the programme’s ambition to save £1.4 billion a year by 2020/21.

Informed by senior trust leaders’ feedback, the report argues that the Getting It Right First Time programme should support these efforts rather than being used as a regulatory tool to monitor the scale and pace of savings being delivered.

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