Regulator wants to do more to help prevent NHS trusts getting into trouble

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7125
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

One of the main NHS regulatory bodies wants to do more to help trusts that are in, or heading towards, serious financial trouble, MPs have heard.

Monitor, which regulates the health sector in England, warned that a growing number of NHS trusts were facing financial problems and would need help soon to prevent serious failures in the future.

The parliamentary health select committee held an evidence session on 26 November for its annual accountability hearing with Monitor, quizzing the organisation’s chief officers.

MPs asked the witnesses about the purpose of a report that Monitor published in October, Closing the NHS Funding Gap,1 which warned about stagnant NHS funding over the next few years at the same time …

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