Understanding The NHS Position – FP’s View in Bite Size 2

Posted 29/09/2014

Part 2: Addressing Public concerns


  • There has been a huge spending boost:  £57bn, 2002/03 to £108bn by 2012/13, but with minimal improvement in performance.

  • There is growing Public concern on overcrowding, infection rates, decline in quality of care, poor co-ordination NHS : social services.

  • Gammon’s Law:  “In a bureaucratic system, increased expenditure is only matched by a fall in production.”

  • There is little evidence that increased funding alone (while popular) will bring about the deep changes required.

  • A balanced approach is required:  “Targeted investment : hospital reconfiguration : more with less, but differently”.

Tagged by topic: NHS , Public Sector Procurement

  by Allison Ford-Langstaff

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