NHS likely to end financial year with £1bn surplus

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:468
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    Clinicians and patients are paying the price for a predicted surplus in the NHS, it has been claimed.

    The Department of Health in its latest quarterly report says that the NHS in England will have achieved a surplus of almost £1bn (€1.5bn; $2bn) by the end of this financial year.

    The department said that most NHS trusts would be in balance by April of next year, with an overall forecasted surplus of £983m. This compares with an end of year surplus of £510m in 2006-7 and a deficit of £547m in 2005-6.

    A small number of trusts will finish the year with a deficit, …

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