NHS ends the financial year £500m in surplus

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1242
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The NHS in England has turned the corner on its financial problems, without reducing productivity or harming care, the government said last week.

    Unaudited figures indicate that although the NHS finished the financial year 2005-6 in deficit, to the tune of £547m (€810m; $1.1bn), it had finished 2006-7 with a surplus of £500m.

    The health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, claimed that the government's insistence on cost cutting measures had turned things around.

    “If we had not taken decisive action then the deficit would have doubled again and would almost certainly have doubled again next year,” she said.

    She added that the government had managed to “change the culture in a minority of …

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