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South London Healthcare is “the first of many” NHS trusts to face administration

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4456 (Published 28 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4456
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

More than 20 other NHS trusts are in such serious financial difficulties that they risk following South London Healthcare NHS Trust down the pathway of administration and potential bankruptcy.

On Monday evening health secretary Andrew Lansley announced he had begun the process of placing South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which is £150m (€187m; $233m) in debt, into administration. He said that he was planning to use for the first time powers granted to him under the 2009 Health Act to appoint a “trust special administrator” to determine the best way of getting the trust’s finances …

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