NHS would have to make improvements at 'record rate'

The Nuffield Trust report says if the NHS does not receive additional funding, it would have to improve productivity at a record rate and sustain it for a period of time in order to close the financial gap of £2.5bn by 2025/26.

This would have to be at a rate not seen in the history of the NHS or other countries' health systems.

Adam Roberts, lead author and Senior Analyst at the Nuffield Trust said:

“Our analysis reveals, for the first time, the scale of the task ahead regarding the Welsh NHS’s finances.

"Money for the service is already tight – NHS funding is likely to be 3.6% lower in real terms at the end of the next financial year than it was in 2010/11 – but the big unknown is what will happen after the 2015 spending review.

The pressures facing the NHS in Wales outlined in the report include:

  • Population growth
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Rising number of prescriptions
  • Staff wages

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Welsh NHS could face £2.5bn black hole

Pressures on the NHS in Wales mean it could face a funding gap of £2.5bn by 2025/26, according to a report by the health think tank The Nuffield Trust.