Financial future of the NHS still not healthy despite surplus, say MPs

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1267
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Too many NHS organisations achieved financial balance in 2006-7 by cutting services for patients, says a report from a cross party group of MPs.

Although the Department of Health, which was under the stewardship of Patricia Hewitt at the time, is applauded for turning around the financial problems that engulfed the NHS in the previous two years, Edward Leigh, chairman of the public accounts committee, said that “the NHS is not yet travelling along the road to long term financial health.”

The financial performance of different types of NHS organisations still has large variations, …

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