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London primary care trusts overspent 10 month targets by £100m

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 31 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7454
  1. Harriet Vickers
  1. 1BMJ

Almost all of London’s Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) spent more on acute hospital services in the first ten months of 2010 than planned, according to a survey by pressure group London Health Emergency. It says the reported excess is more than £100m (€116m; $154m) across the trusts.

Of London’s 31 PCTs, 27 declared “over performance” by hospitals on emergencies, elective cases and day cases. Published in year to date finance reports on trust websites, 21 of these PCTs gave figures for an overspend, totalling more than £100m. The largest overspend was Haringey’s, at £10.9m.

Forecasts for complete 2010 finances were mixed, with …

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