NHS – The deficits just keep on rising



The BBC has the story on its web site – see link at head of this posting.

‘Overspending by NHS trusts in England has risen to £1.6bn this year as concerns about financial problems grow.

The official figures for April to September mark the half-way mark of the 2015-16 financial year – and mean the deficit has grown from the £930m posted in the first three months.

Regulators have described the problems as the “worst for a generation”.

The figures cover 241 trusts running hospital, mental health, ambulance and some community services.

Between them they account for about two-thirds of the NHS’s £116bn budget – with the rest going on other areas including GPs, drug prescribing and training.

Overall, eight in 10 trusts were in deficit by the end of September.

It means the combined overspend is already nearly double what it was for the entire 2014-15 financial year.

Then, the NHS finished £822m in the red – with the health service as a whole balancing the books only after a cash injection from the Treasury and by raiding the capital budget earmarked for buildings.’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this story.