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This review looked at productivity and efficiency in English non-specialist acute hospitals, which account for half of the total health budget, using a series of metrics and benchmarks to enable comparison. 

It concludes that there is significant unwarranted variation across all of the main resource areas, and although it found many examples of good practice, no one hospital is good at everything. 

The report estimates this unwarranted variation is worth £5bn in terms of efficiency opportunity; a potential contribution of at least 9% on the £55.6bn spent by our acute hospitals. 

The report makes 15 recommendations designed to tackle this variation and help trusts improve their performance to match the best.