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Health Secretary Outlines Plans for NHS to Cut “Waste”

19/11/2014

NHS plans to cut waste

Jeremy Hunt has claimed the NHS must cut £10 billion annually by slashing mistakes and cutting wasteful spending.

During a recent speech, the Health Secretary told NHS bosses that they must allocate resources more efficiently in a bid to improve care.

But how can this be implemented in reality?

Well, according to Mr Hunt, savings could potentially be made by reducing errors on prescriptions and drugs that go unused, while the spend on agency staff and administration costs could also be cut.

The Health Secretary’s speech comes on the back of a recent study by the Academy of Medical Royal College (AoMRC), which revealed the NHS wasted over £2 billion each year on procedures that could have been avoided or provided more inexpensively.

The AoMRC report also damned doctors’ reliance on pharmaceutical treatment, claiming saving of around £466 million could have been made if doctors refrained from prescribing “drug cocktails” to older patients.

Dealing with Pharmaceutical Waste

Here at Initial, we’re well aware of the pressure medical professionals are under, which is why, following on from recent reports, we’re here to remind you of the service we offer for the safe disposal of medicines and controlled drugs.

Aside from being dangerous in the wrong hands, improper disposal can also have a negative impact on the environment and public safety. However, we can offer your organisation practical guidance on the destruction of controlled drugs.

In addition, you’ll benefit from our expertise when it comes to methods of destruction and disposal, all designed to comply with environmental protection legislation. What’s more, countless facilities throughout the UK already trust us to provide a reliable pharmaceutical management service.

Put simply, you’ll be in safe hands with Initial.

For more information on how we can help your organisation deal with pharmaceutical waste, please get in touch with a member of the team today – we’d be delighted to help.