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NHS deficit doubles to £512m, but true figure may be higher

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1411
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The overall deficit for the NHS in England more than doubled to £512m (€750m; $945m) for 2005-6 from the previous year, show figures released last week.

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    However, the government has stressed that the problems lie with a minority of trusts around the country and said that the deficit was stabilising and had fallen by £110m in the past six months.

    The Department of Health, publishing its annual NHS report, said that despite the unaudited deficits the report told a “good news story,” in that waiting times for operations …

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