Each year the NHS plans out where it’s budget it going. Whether that’s to frontline resources, GP practises or other areas of its healthcare services, it’s an important task to ensure departments get the funding they require. And, while it’s a challenge for sure, does the National Health Service stick to its budget? Or are there areas of overspending that can perhaps be looked at and resolved?

What does the data show us?

Thanks to a recent study from the NHS, we can see there is a clear difference between the planned spend and the actual spend, especially when we take a look back at the twelve months of 2018 vs. 2019.

From the data provided we can see clearly that across areas such as clinical supplies and services, consultancy and the purchase of healthcare from other providers were among the areas with the largest overspend. Clinical supplies for example, had a staggering overspend of around £424 million. Coming in second was the purchase of healthcare as above with an overspend of a huge £248 million.

But, why is it that there are such large overspends across the year? Is it that the budgeting is not accurate enough? The document states that the “main driver of the overspending is the continuing pressures on emergency care activity, especially during the winter months.”.

Are any areas underspending?

While there are areas that are hitting way over budget, there are costs that are coming in under budget too. Drugs costs for example were down by 0.3% and clinical negligence insurance was down by 1.8%. But, although clinical negligence numbers remained steady in 2018/19, and despite the rising costs associated with this, why is the clinical negligence insurance spend down year on year? Is it that the payouts on claims are becoming less and less?

What is medical negligence?

Put simply, medical negligence in the NHS happens when your rights are not upheld. This means that those treating you who are trusted to provide you with the best care possible, have failed to provide adequate duty of care and have not followed regulations. It’s important that if you feel as though you have experienced medical negligence, that you reach out to specialists in this feel to see if you have a claim. This could be anything from medication errors, missed or delayed diagnosis, surgical errors and more.
These specialists are here to provide you with the support you need and will be able to determine whether or not you’ll be entitled to compensation.