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NHS told to make £250m surplus

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1236
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

    The NHS has been ordered to end the next financial year with a surplus of £250m ($490m; €370m) even though many clinical posts and services face cuts.

    Senior health service officials said that a cultural change was needed in which the health service aimed for surpluses instead of settling for debts. The announcement came as part of the NHS framework for 2007-8 set out by the NHS chief executive, David Nicholson.

    Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA's consultants' committee, warned that trying to make a surplus would cause problems. “While it may be good business practice to have a financial surplus, the NHS will struggle to meet the challenge at …

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