BBC Radio 4: Could weaker pound cost the NHS?

Worst case scenario

In the Health Service Journal in July, management consultant Chris Robson, who works with NHS trusts on purchasing, predicted the cost could be up to £900m.

When we talk this month, he says things have not changed much, around a billion pounds per year, he says.

But he is keen to stress that is a “worst case scenario” and highly dependent on long-term currency movements.

He hopes the actual figure will not be anything near that and he says much can be done to avoid this cost; there are large savings and efficiencies to be made – but there might also be quite a lot of “running to stay still”.

Read the full article or listen to the podcast from 32:30.