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One in three NHS trusts face cash shortfall this financial year

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:10
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    The increasingly market oriented nature of the NHS reform programme is placing a growing number of trusts at financial risk, warns a joint examination of NHS financial management by the public spending watchdogs, the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission.

    The report says that almost a third of NHS bodies—189 individual organisations—face cash problems this financial year (2004-5). This is almost double the previous year's figure of 18%. The Department of Health confirmed that the NHS is heading for its first deficit, of £140m ($260m; £210m), for several years. At least …

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