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Surplus of £2.2bn will help NHS meet future challenges

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3067
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS has performed better than expected financially and has achieved an overall official surplus of £2.2bn (€2.5bn; $3.4bn) for 2007-8, the finalised official figures show.

    The report published jointly this week by the spending watchdogs the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office show that the NHS’s recorded surplus is significantly higher than the original forecast of £916m and more than three times that recorded in 2006-7 (£515m).

    Their report says that NHS organisations are starting to perform better in financial terms, with only 11 of 340 NHS organisations (3%) reporting a deficit, down from 22% of organisations in 2006-7.

    More than a …

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