Hospital deficits could force NHS to divert money meant for improving care

Hospital deficits could force NHS to divert money meant for improving care
 

The NHS expects hospitals to go on racking up such large deficits in the next few years that it will have to divert £5.4bn earmarked for improving patient care to prop them up, experts claim.
NHS trusts in England, which recorded a collective deficit of £2.45bn last year, are meant to reduce their overspending this year to only £580m to help tackle the service’s acute financial problems.
But the Nuffield Trust thinktank has discovered that the £1.8bn trusts will receive this year to help wipe out their deficits will be made available to them again in 2017-18 and 2018-19, despite NHS pledges... read more

 
18 October 2016 in Health, Views: 42
Source: Guardian
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