Saturday, September 02, 2006

Tackling waste in the NHS

£3.1 million: the sum the NHS in Lincolnshire is trying to cut from its annual budget after plunging into the red.

£4.1 million: the annual cost to the NHS in Lincolnshire of patients failing to show up for appointments.

Weeks ago, I requested some very basic information on the performance of the health service in Lincolnshire.

I'm sorry to report that I was passed from pillar to post by health officials and in the end, totally unimpressed, I gave up.

But the Lincolnshire Echo's front page on tough new measures to stop some of the waste tonight has inspired me to have another go.

Watch this space...

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