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Lord Carter: reducing variation in care could save NHS £5 billion

 

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Lord Carter: reducing variation in care could save NHS £5 billion

Hospitals can save around £5 billion by reducing variation in care and improving the way they care for patients, Lord Carter has said.

The call is part of Lord Carter’s review into how savings can be made by the NHS. It aims to help local NHS chief executives make their hospitals safer and more efficient at the same time.

For the first time, the activity carried out by all NHS hospitals has been reviewed together and broken down by clinical speciality. The results show huge variations in clinical costs, infection rates, readmission rates, litigation payments and device and procedure selection. The review has highlighted the huge opportunity for hospitals to tackle these variations.