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NHS Trust Savings

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) efficiency savings and (b) savings resulting from technical adjustments were required by each NHS Trust in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; what these figures represent as a percentage of each budget; and what such savings will be required in 2006-07. (73299)

The annual uplift to the national tariff includes an offset for efficiency savings realisable from front line national health service services. An uplift is applied every year to incentivise a continuous improvement approach to efficiency. The respective efficiency savings equate to 1 per cent. in 2004-05, 1.7 per cent. in 2005-06 and 2.5 per cent. for 2006-07. The efficiency offset is applicable to all national health service trusts.

There is no recognised classification of savings resulting from technical adjustments and it is therefore not possible to provide any information on this request.