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Staff costs are to blame for NHS deficits, say MPs

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39063.580694.DB (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1236
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. 1London

    Good standards of health care have been jeopardised by financial pressure on NHS trusts to balance their books, says a report by MPs that was published this week.

    The parliamentary health select committee's final report from its inquiry into NHS deficits says that the need to reduce deficits, rather than a desire to improve services, is driving changes currently taking place in the NHS.

    The MPs said that trusts were damaging the quality of care of patients and staff morale by cutting training budgets to solve their cash flow problems. Failures in financial management had occurred at all levels …

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