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NHSBT’s 2015-20 Plan Saves NHS £3 Million in First Year

Letter from Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of NHSBT

NHS Blood and Transplant will be cutting the price of blood by almost £2 per unit to £120 as part of our plans for the next five years. This will save the NHS £3m per annum, equivalent to 100 newly qualified nurses or 258 hip replacement procedures.

Our focus continues to be on the safe and sustainable supply of blood; retrieving sufficient organs, tissues and stem cells to meet demand; and the delivery of related expert services. We are also committed to find real savings on a sustainable basis. 

Our substantial cost efficiency programme since 2008/09, combining Lean Systems work with a patient blood management programme, is currently saving the NHS around £70m per year. This latest reduction takes the price of blood back to 2005 levels despite a 21% reduction in demand and higher levels of safety and availability. We have recently reviewed the National Organ Retrieval Service and are making workforce changes to improve and increase the provision of organs for transplant from within our existing budget.

We aim to reduce our costs further as we continue to develop the services we offer by integrating more closely with hospitals; increasing the availability of our diagnostic and therapeutic services; developing new products and therapies to treat more patients; and making more organs and tissues available for transplant.We are also exploring ways we can support the NHS by sharing our expertise in areas such as Lean working, quality assurance and logistics.

Our ambition is to be the best organisation of our type in the world. Our Strategic Plan 2015-20 ( sets out how we will move towards this goal. 

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26 Jan 2020
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