Hospital trusts to be given savings targets

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HOSPITALS are to be given their own savings targets in a drive to save the NHS money.

The figures are being sent to 137 hospital trusts by Lord Patrick Carter, who has been appointed by the government to improve efficiency.

He will spend the next six weeks meeting hospital bosses to discuss the targets, before they are made public.

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham has not yet been given a figure.

Steve Taylor, manager of patient watchdog group Healthwatch Hampshire, said: ‘Trying to find savings and more efficiencies is always welcome, as long as it doesn’t impact patients in a negative way.

‘But what I’m not getting from this report is that patients’ views are being listened to.

‘Often they have some great ideas about where improvements can be made.’