Increasing the quality of care the NHS provides will have the knock-on effect of saving money, claims new health minister Mike O’Brian.
‘The challenge today is to raise the quality of service,’ he said yesterday, speaking for the first time as a member of the government’s health team.
‘This is not about targets, but about encouraging a more innovative and high quality health service,’ he told delegates at an event organised by the think-tank Reform in London.
‘Improving the quality of care the NHS provides, and getting things right first time, will save money as well as provide better treatment for patients. The patient experience is improved when they don’t suffer from complications or delay and when its when things go wrong that they become expensive to put right,’ said Mr O’Brian.
‘Higher quality care will reduce costs, and will lead to a more efficient NHS that is able to successfully meet the challenges of the current economic climate,’ he added.
Mr O’Brian’s comments came immediately before the NHS Confederation published a gloomy report on the future health of NHS finances, which predict a £15bn funding shortfall over the next 10 years.
Can better quality care save money?