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More NHS trusts are on brink of deficit, as easy savings run out, experts warn

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7023
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Increasing numbers of NHS trusts could easily tip over into making losses from 2015, given the growing pressure on the health service and difficulty in making savings, MPs have been told.

Experts from two health think tanks warned about the likelihood of more trusts slipping into deficit at an evidence session held on 20 November by the parliamentary health select committee.

The Health Committee, holding a session for its inquiry into public expenditure on health and social care, asked witnesses their views on how the NHS was managing to meet the challenge placed on it to make £20bn (€24bn; $32bn) of efficiency savings by 2014-15.

Anita Charlesworth, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, giving evidence, said, “It’s …

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