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Picture of ambulance from National Audit Office report on Transforming NHS ambulance services

Transforming NHS ambulance services

The Department of Health has until recently been focusing on speed of response as a measure of performance of the ambulance service, rather than on clinical outcomes. The service achieves high levels of public satisfaction but there are wide variations in ambulance trusts’ efficiency. The system has not delivered the best value for money to date.

Published:
10 Jun 2011
Report cover showing jet engine maintenance

Transforming logistics support for fast jets

“The Ministry of Defence has made significant reductions in the cost of repairing and maintaining its jets, whilst broadly maintaining aircraft availability. On this basis, the changes represent value for money and underline the benefit of the MoD’s approach to partnering with industry and rationalising repair activity.

“However, risks remain and it is important for the MOD to continue to manage these so as not to compromise the good work it has done in this area.”

Published:
17 Jul 2007
Cover of NAO Report Train to Gain: Developing the skills of the workforce

Train to Gain: Developing the skills of the workforce

“Train to Gain is achieving growth in training that employers value, but taxpayers have a right to expect that much more than half of the public funding should result in training that would not otherwise have occurred. Inconsistent management contributed to a slow start to the programme, followed by rapid growth and now the risk of demand exceeding budgets. We also need to see evidence that money is directed more to areas of greatest need, with training providers who do the best job for their learners and on bringing the whole range of business benefits to employers.”

Published:
21 Jul 2009
Northern Rock

The £13 billion sale of former Northern Rock assets

The disposal of former Northern Rock mortgages and loans in 2015 was the government’s largest ever financial asset sale. When judged against the Government’s objective to shrink the balance sheet swiftly the deal was value for money.

Published:
19 Jul 2016