Medicine is constantly advancing and so the NHS could always find ways to spend more money but what we should be more concerned about is whether that money is being put to good use.
If savings can be made simply by better and more efficient practices, that seems to make the most sense to me. By increasing the standard of care offered, the cost of legal claims would also be reduced.
I agree that the burden of providing more funding should not be put on the tax player until the NHS can show that it is using the funding it already has in the wisest possible way.
Prof Briggs' audit has identified means of saving hundreds of millions of pounds every year if the most efficient practices are rolled out across the country. It identified hundreds of thousands of patients needlessly being admitted to emergency surgery beds, and bed-blocking in other wards, as among the greatest wastes of money in hospitals, the paper reported. The inflated price of basic surgical equipment and legal costs associated with mistakes in maternity wards are also identified as areas in which cash can be saved. Prof Briggs, the consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, told The Times: "At the moment there are significant changes we can make to improve our practice that will allow us to do a lot more work with the amount of money we have."