NHS reduces routine data collection to save cash

The NHS hopes to save an estimated £7.6m by cutting down on the amount of data collected across the organisation.

Requirements to hold information such as local foundation trust records of laundry services and car parking will be scrapped, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced.

Lord Warner, parliamentary under-secretary for the DoH, said: “Data collection has an important role to play in the NHS.

“The NHS spends nearly £70bn a year, and we need information to run it well and inform the public.

“But some information that trusts are being asked to provide to the centre is being collected too frequently or being duplicated, while some of the information relates to local issues which the department does not need to monitor.”

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