NHS in England ends financial year £200m in debtBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7241.1030/b (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1030
- Wendy Moore
Nearly a third of the extra £600m ($960m) already released to the NHS in the UK from the £2bn boost announced in last month's Budget could be wiped out by accumulated debt, a report from the National Audit Office makes clear.
The NHS Confederation, which represents health authorities and trusts, is “optimistic” that the NHS will be allowed to write off England's £197m deficit with the first tranche of new money, even though the health secretary, Alan Milburn, has said that much of it will be earmarked for specific purposes. A …