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Defence Medical Services: Finance

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the efficiency savings required by his Department from Defence Medical Services were in 2007-08; and what the planned savings targets are for 2008-09. (200932)

Under the spending review 2004 efficiency programme, the MOD was required to achieve £2.83 billion of cumulative input and output efficiency savings by the end of 2007-08. Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Health) Higher Level Budget (DCDS(H) HLB) delivered £102 million of this target in output efficiencies. This was achieved primarily in the patient care pathways through the Defence Rehabilitation Programme. By improving access to diagnosis, rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery the MOD saved an estimated 1.27 million deployable man-days in 2007-08 that would otherwise have been lost while individuals waited for treatment.

As part of the 2007 financial planning round, further efficiency savings targets of £3.7 million for 2007-08 and £1.4 million for 2008-09 were agreed with the DCDS(H) HLB.