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NHS must prepare for tough financial times despite surplus

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b456 (Published 04 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b456
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS should resist the temptation to feel complacent because it is in surplus and prepare for more challenging financial times in the next few years, MPs have been told.

    The NHS’s surplus of £1.7bn (€1.9bn; $2.4bn) should help it to get ready for a slowing down of government investment in the next two years, witnesses told MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee.

    The committee, as part of its inquiry this week into the National Audit Office and Audit Commission’s report, Financial Management in the NHS: Report on the NHS Summarised Accounts 2007-8, asked Department of Health witnesses about …

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