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Trusts have been set “impossible task” to balance books, say NHS leaders

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1444 (Published 09 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1444
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

NHS trusts have been set an “impossible task” of staying in the black in the current climate of growing demand and small increases in NHS funding, MPs have been told.

Despite a relatively large boost in NHS funding for the coming year it was likely that trusts would struggle after that, NHS staff and organisation representative bodies told the parliamentary health committee during an evidence session on 8 March.

During the session for their inquiry into the effects of the comprehensive spending review1 on health and social care, MPs were told that the net deficit for the provider sector over the first three quarters of …

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