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Government has no credible plan to plug NHS funding “black hole,” MPs warn

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1520 (Published 15 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1520
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government is yet to produce a convincing plan to tackle the NHS funding crisis and plug the financial “black hole” facing the service, a report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has warned.

In the report,1 MPs said that the government had not acted quickly enough to keep acute hospital trusts in financial balance or set out credible plans for closing the £22bn efficiency gap that the NHS faces by 2020-21.

The committee highlighted that NHS trust and foundation trust finances had deteriorated, from a combined £592m surplus in 2012-13 to a net deficit of £843m in 2014-15. It warned that deficits could reach £2.5bn by the end of 2015-16, which was …

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