Leeds hospitals at the centre of national plan to save NHS £5bn

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Leeds hospitals have played a role in the development of a report that deems the NHS in England can save £5billion every year by 2020.

Lord Carter, who was asked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to conduct a review last year, has stated that massive savings could be made through standardising the purchase of products and medicines and better using staff.

His analysis of the NHS, which will be published in full later this year, earmarks improving workforce efficiency as the biggest area of cost saving as the £45.3bn pay bill was its largest area of spending in 2013/14.

Lord Carter has spent a year spent working with 22 hospital trusts, including Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, on behalf of the Government.

He said: “The challenge is to lift hospital efficiency to a consistently high standard in every area of every NHS hospital and, where we already perform well, innovate to improve further.”

Of the savings earmarked, £2bn could come from improving the way rosters are run and making sure non-productive time like training and annual leave is better managed. Lord Carter also estimates that £1bn each could also be saved from bills for medicines, estates and procurement of everyday goods.

During the review he found the NHS uses 500,000 different lines of everyday items with the price between similar goods varying by over 35 per cent.

Part of his plans include a method of measuring hospitals’ productivity, the Adjusted Treatment Index, which would allow hospitals to make direct comparisons with each other.

Following the publication of his full report, Lord Carter will produce a template for an efficient “model hospital” during the summer and will then set out saving recommendations for each hospital with the Department of Health.