“Alarming” report shows NHS finances are diving into the redBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6709 (Published 11 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6709
- Ingrid Torjesen
The NHS in England is on the brink of deficit, and trusts responsible for hospitals and other services are already spending more than they receive from commissioners, says a report published by the National Audit Office.1
It says that the overall NHS surplus has fallen by two thirds in the space of a year, from £2.1bn (€2.7bn; $3.4bn) in 2012-132 to £722m in 2013-14, and that the NHS is forecasting a net deficit of £45m this financial year (2014-15).
In 2013-14 NHS England and clinical commissioning groups had a net surplus of £813m, while provider trusts ended the financial year £91m in deficit. By contrast, in 2012-13 provider trusts returned a surplus of £592m. A deficit was reported at the end of 2013-14 by 82 of the 456 NHS trusts, foundation trusts, and clinical commissioning groups in England. …