A fifth of England’s hospitals are likely to be in deficit, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g479
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

One in five NHS trusts in England and one in eight clinical commissioning groups have reported a possible overspend by the end of the financial year, a survey by the health think tank the King’s Fund has indicated.1

The survey results show that 22% of NHS trust finance directors who responded expected to be in deficit by the end of the year and that only 47% expected to meet their productivity targets. The latest quarterly monitoring report indicates that the NHS will struggle to meet its target of delivering £20bn (€24bn; $33bn) efficiency savings by 2015.

Finance leads from clinical commissioning groups were slightly more …

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