NHS Doctors have a responsibility to cut waste and manage resources more effectively
With NHS finances being stretched to the limit and budgets constantly under pressure, it is apparent that resources need to be managed more efficiently to minimise waste across the sector. The question is not ‘how can resources be managed more effectively?’, it is actually a case of identifying ‘who’ is best placed to own the problem and tackle the issues related to resource efficiency.
The NHS service is under huge pressure with cracks appearing in overall performance yet there are vast cost savings to be achieved through streamlining of processes throughout the service, processes which could save millions if implemented effectively.
NHS doctors are the first port of call as far as the patient is concerned and as such, they play an integral role in the way that the patient is managed through the healthcare process.
They can have a knock on effect on the resources and time spent in managing the patient. In this respect, they are the obvious candidates to lead the way in combating wasted resources throughout the NHS. However, their primary function should remain focussed on patient service and the responsibility to save money and drive up efficiency should come from the management tier that sits behind the patient focussed clinician.
A report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges emphasizes the ethical duty Doctors have towards the reduction of waste in the NHS after experts found potential savings of nearly £2 billion.
The Academy says a series of a "relatively simple measures" could generate savings which could then be reinvested to improve patient care as well as raise NHS standards. The report ‘Protecting resources, promoting value: a doctor’s guide to cutting waste in clinical care’ highlights the challenges for doctors and looks at various types of clinical waste and how they can be managed better.