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NHS: Finance

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the NHS Chief Executive's Annual Report for 2008-09, whether the £15 to £20 billion in efficiency savings the NHS is expected to plan for in the financial years 2011-12 to 2013-14 will be made available for expenditure in the NHS; (284269)

(2) what baseline for spending is being used against which to measure the £15 to £20 billion of efficiency savings for which the NHS is being asked to plan between the financial years 2011-12 and 2013-14; and what plans have been made for achieving such savings in each (a) financial year and (b) NHS organisation.

Decisions on funding and investment will be made as part of the next spending review. The baseline for efficiency savings in the next spending review period will be 2010-11.