The softening up begins: Andrew Lansley says the NHS will not be exempt from spending cuts

On BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme this morning, the new Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, said¬†that he expects to go beyond the efficiency savings already planned by the outgoing Government and he said that these had “implied something like three to three-and-a-half percent, probably about three percent efficiency savings each year in the NHS”.

He also said that the NHS could not expect to continue to receive increases to cover ‘NHS inflation’¬† – ie the higher rate of cost increases that have been faced by the NHS in the past to cover demography changes and the cost of new drugs and treatments.

It looks like the softening up has started ……

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