Sheffield hospitals plan for new £30m cuts

Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital
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Hospitals in Sheffield face the prospect of making another £30m of cuts next year, it has been revealed.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Royal Hallamshire, Northern General, Weston Park and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital - will need to start making the savings from April as part of its annual efficiency savings target.

But the trust, which employs around 15,000 people, said it believes the savings can be made without any adverse affect on services or needing to make compulsory redundancies. The trust says it has managed to break even or achieve a small surplus for the last 13 years.

Recent money-saving initiatives have included the introduction of a new frailty unit for older patients to reduce the length of time they need to stay in hospital.

Neil Priestley, director of finance, said: “Every year, each NHS Trust has to make circa four per cent savings by looking at ways to do things more efficiently. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a budget approaching £1bn and so for us each year this equates to between £25-£30m in savings.

“Thanks to the efforts and innovation of all our staff we have achieved this level of savings over recent years without having to make compulsory redundancies or cutting patient care services. We have achieved this predominantly by focusing on improving how we deliver services and looking at ways to be more efficient whilst keeping the quality of care as the top priority.

“We have been carefully planning how we will achieve the required savings again this year and every initiative put forward is carefully reviewed to ensure it does not affect adversely on patient care.”

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