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Staff not confident NHS will hit £22bn savings target, finds survey

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More than 95% of NHS staff do not feel confident the health service’s £22 billion efficiency savings target will be met by 2020, according to a survey.

The target was set in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, which was launched last year and laid out plans for a radical shakeup of care delivery models in a bid to transform care and address the health service’s growing deficit.

The survey, by Dods Research, included the views of 2,600 health professionals, of which more than a third were clinicians.

Around 80% of respondents said their organisation had insufficient resources to meet its current patient needs.

This “paints a picture that is even more pessimistic than last year” according to those behind the survey, which in 2014 found 70% of respondents said their organisation did not have enough money.

“The findings suggest that there is a disconnect between the NHS’s ambitions…and its ability to deliver upon them”

Dods Research

More than 85% said financial constraints had affected their role this year, with around half stating this had been a “significant” impact.

Meanwhile, 42% said that moving towards a “seven-day NHS” would have a positive effect on clinical services, but there were still concerns over the financial burdens it would create.

The survey of NHS staff on their attitudes towards the future of the service forms part of an investigate report by Dods Research, called The NHS in five years’ time.

“The survey’s findings suggest that there is a disconnect between the NHS’s ambitions, as represented by the Five Year Forward View, and its ability to deliver upon them,” said the report.

“However, respondents are more positive when asked to focus on the outlook for their organisation or the service that they themselves provide. This suggests that much of the pessimism encountered may be down to a lack of belief that the wider evolution of the health service will bring benefits, particularly in terms of quality of care.

“This needs to be addressed by demonstrating to health professionals that reforms can improve services without placing undue burdens on staff,” it concluded.

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