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NHS trusts’ deficits could more than double over next year, leader predicts

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1599 (Published 23 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1599
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

NHS trusts’ deficits could more than double from around £1bn (€1.4bn; $1.5bn) to £2.5bn in 2015-16, their highest ever level, a health leader has predicted.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said that many hospitals’ cash reserves were running out, and performance levels could plummet unless the gap was plugged. “We are in real danger of the strategic deterioration speeding up and getting out of control,” he said.

Hopson, whose organisation represents the vast majority of NHS trusts, spoke at the …

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