NHS: Finance

Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what savings were made within the NHS under the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge in 2011-12; under what budget headings; and how much was saved as a result of the NHS staff pay freeze.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Primary care trusts reported total efficiency savings of £5.8 billion in 2011-12 towards the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge. These savings are split into 10 categories. Total savings in each category were published on page 26 of “The Year: NHS Chief Executive's Annual report 2011/12”. This report can be viewed at:


Separately, the Department estimates savings from the pay freeze at around £850 million on the Hospital and Community Health Services paybill in 2011-12. This reflects a headline pay freeze for all staff with full-time equivalent basic earnings of £21,000 or over and a £250 basic pay award for other staff.

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