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Can the NHS improve quality while saving money?

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Health Minister Simon Burns explains how better care and listening to patients about their experience of care can less spending for the NHS.

Health Minister Simon Burns explains how better care and listening to patients about their experience of care can result in the NHS having to spend less money.

In his latest blog, the minister highlights the work being done by South East Essex Community Healthcare to improve care for children whose asthma is difficult to manage.

He says:

‘People have voiced concerns that the NHS’s efficiency drive will in some areas reduce the quality of care. I understand those concerns.

‘The NHS’s funding is of course, protected. But because demand is increasing, it is in the middle of a major mission to find up to £20 billion of efficiency savings that it will then put back into frontline care. Back into frontline care, note - not back into Treasury coffers.

‘It is doing this not by cutting good services, but by discovering better models of caring for people. For example, making sure the fifteen million people with long term conditions - on whom nearly three quarters of the NHS’s budget is spent - spend less time in A&E, and get more of the support they need to stay in good health.’

See Simon Burns’ blog