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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1489

Many NHS trusts face financial pressures

An analysis of over 400 trusts shows that 34% face deficits at the end of the financial year. The study by MJM Healthcare Solutions has found that of the one third of the top 50 trusts, one third were slipping into deeper financial trouble. Their total underlying deficit amounted to nearly £100m.

The new government has pledged to stick with the previous government's spending plans, which means a real growth increase for the NHS of about 0.6%—not enough to help those trusts under the greatest pressure.

A spokesperson for MJM said that the new health secretary had two options—to seek more money for the NHS from the treasury at the expense of other spending programmes or to support cost cutting, especially from trust mergers and the creation of shared service centres.

Poorer students cannot afford medical school

Students from poorer backgrounds are being deterred from applying to medical schools because of the rises in fees, according to the BMA's medical students committee.

The committee says that some universities—Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, King's, St George's, St Andrews, and Southampton—are removing …

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