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Home Care Services: Finance

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what budget headings he expects the estimated £2.7 billion of savings consequent on moving more care from hospital to home to be made. (317116)

By 2013-14 we estimate that up to £2.7 billion a year can be saved in the national health service by transforming the care and lives of those with long-term conditions and by reforming community services across the NHS. These are part of the £15-20 billion savings which we have said the NHS will deliver by 2013-14.

£750 million of savings are possible through driving down variation across the country by ensuring current best practice in terms of case management, care planning -care support. A further £750 million of savings are possible through reducing emergency admissions for people with long-term conditions to the level of the best performing systems internationally. This raises the quality of care for patients and helps the NHS, provided the care is good enough and we intend to ensure it is.

The remaining £1.2 billion is achievable through reforms to community services, driving improvements in the efficiency of community services, so that in all areas of the country efficiency levels meet those currently achieved by the best performing areas.