Originally published in the Health Services Journal 17 December 2010
In a blunt assessment of the coming few years, the Commons Health Select Committee recently stated that the NHS must achieve efficiency savings on a scale never before seen here, or indeed in other countries.
This unprecedented, unparallelled expectation means that many parts of the NHS face cuts of up to 25 per cent and the choice between slash and burn and radical re-design has come into sharp relief.
So what is to be done? We, the undersigned, from 17 universities, believe there is a new way forward to meet this challenge, which could also achieve a dramatic improvement in outcomes.