NHS trusts have more than £1bn surplus to spend in current year

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1117
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    NHS trusts in England should be thinking about how to spend a predicted surplus in funding of more than £1bn (€1.4bn; $2.1bn)—and possibly as much as £1.8bn—the head of the NHS has told MPs.

    And NHS chief executive David Nicholson said that as most of this surplus for the current financial year lay with primary care trusts it was for them to decide how it should be spent.

    That money was not being held centrally by the government, Mr Nicholson said, giving evidence as part of the parliamentary health select committee's inquiry into public expenditure last week.

    The surplus was “relatively small” …

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