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Hospital trusts will have to cut activity when integration fund comes into effect, meeting is told

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7434
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The financial deficits facing many trusts will prove “unsustainable” unless the picture improves sharply in the second half of the financial year, said the chief executive of the Trust Development Authority, David Flory.

He told a meeting on 10 December at the health think tank the King’s Fund that 31 of the 99 non-foundation trusts his organisation was responsible for were currently in deficit.

“We can’t go into next year with that many in deficit,” he said. “We have to deal with it, but not in a rush. We have new commissioners, new relationships to form, and that’s taken some time—more than would have been ideal.

“Inevitably, there has been some risk aversion in the new commissioning …

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