Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

'Wasteful' NHS areas should be cut

11th June 2010

A leading UK doctor has suggested a number of areas that could be cut in the NHS to save money.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association's (BMA) GP committee, told the annual Local Medical Committees conference that several areas of NHS spending can be 'consigned to the dustbin of history'.

He pointed out that private finance initiatives, or PFIs, will fund more than 100 hospital schemes with a combined value of GBP 10.9 billion but leave the taxpayer with a GBP 62.6 billion bill by 2048.

In addition, he claimed money is wasted on management consultants, saying public sector health bodies spend more than GBP 300 million a year on external help.

Dr Buckman also suggested that the NHS internal market, the GP patient survey and some tiers of the organisation's management are wasteful and could safely be scrapped.

'We, and our hospital colleagues, will all need to pull together in order to agree, if we can, what can stop without damaging patient care,' he told the conference.

Last month, the BMA called on health secretary Andrew Lansley to work with the medical profession to ensure that public spending cuts do not damage frontline services.

Latest Blog
The Lost City of Z and other Explorers' Tales
23/03/2017

As the film is released of The Lost City of Z, we take a look at other Explorers' Tales. Plus, see some footage from the film intercut with readings by Charlie Hunnam from The Lost City of Z.

Sally Emerson Relives Her Life
21/03/2017

Are the novels Fire Child and Heat still shocking? They certainly are, says their author Sally Emerson, six of whose novels are being republished this year.

How Eating Well can lead to Living Better
20/03/2017

Myles Hopper describes how and why the pair became preoccupied with healthy eating.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd