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Foundation trusts deliver net savings of £339m in 2010

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1870 (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1870
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

A 9 month review of NHS foundation trusts suggests performances are improving, but experts warn of tough times ahead and say the financial picture is misleading.

Monitor, the NHS foundation trust regulator, published the third quarter review of the 132 foundation trusts for 2010-11.

The report reveals that at the nine month stage, the average financial risk rating of foundation trusts has improved, rising from 3.5 to 3.6 (where 5 represents the lowest risk and 1 the highest).

On governance risk, 57% were rated green (the lowest risk) and 10 red (the highest risk), down from 11 last quarter.

Foundation trusts had delivered a net surplus of £339m (€389m; $552m)—some £55m ahead of plan. …

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