Dependence of high deficit hospitals on bailouts is unsustainable, audit office finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4671
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The NHS in England delivered a total surplus of £2.1bn (€2.4bn; $3.2bn) in 2012-13, but this figure masks a huge variation between trusts and an unsustainable reliance on bailouts by financially stricken organisations, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.1

The NAO’s latest update report on financial sustainability in the NHS said that the health service’s financial performance appeared stronger in 2012-13 than in 2011-12 based on the total surplus or deficit of hospital trusts.

But it warned that the huge disparity between trusts with the highest surpluses and those with the highest deficits was evidence of “increasing pressure” on budgets.

The report said that …

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