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NHS meets financial targets, but some trusts could do better

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1094-a (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1094
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The NHS in England met its financial targets last year, but 71 NHS trusts exceeded their budgets and some are in serious financial difficulty, according to the government's senior accountant.

    A total of £53.5bn ($95bn, €79bn) was spent by 607 individual NHS organisations (28 strategic health authorities, 304 primary care trusts, and 275 NHS trusts). Taken together they underspent their budgets by £96m, or 0.18% of total expenditure.

    The Department of Health “met its target of ensuring that financial balance was achieved in aggregate,” writes John Bourn, comptroller and auditor general, in the National …

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