The latest review of the UK National Health Service (NHS) spending has revealed an excessive amount of waste, including too many staff holidays, soluble tablets and the purchase of latex gloves.
Chair of the NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel, Patrick Carter, examined the practices of 22 leading hospitals in the country after being commissioned for a report by the Department of Health. The results, which are due to be published this week, found the NHS spends billions on “inefficient processes” and the damage could be reversed if management of staff rotas and shifts are corrected.
The report found hundreds of thousands of pounds could be saved by reconsidering spending on latex gloves, aprons and medicines. It also identifies latex gloves cost £5.44 a box in one hospital while other hospitals pay only £2.39.