NHS likely to end financial year with £1bn surplusBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39325.650347.DB (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:468
- Adrian O'Dowd
Clinicians and patients are paying the price for a predicted surplus in the NHS, it has been claimed.
The Department of Health in its latest quarterly report says that the NHS in England will have achieved a surplus of almost £1bn (€1.5bn; $2bn) by the end of this financial year.
The department said that most NHS trusts would be in balance by April of next year, with an overall forecasted surplus of £983m. This compares with an end of year surplus of £510m in 2006-7 and a deficit of £547m in 2005-6.
A small number of trusts will finish the year with a deficit, …