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NHS overspend reaches £2.3bn

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1072
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The NHS overspent by £2.26bn (€2.9bn; $3.2bn) in the first three quarters of this financial year (April to December 2015), a report from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority showed.1 The overspend is forecast to reach £2.37bn by the end of March.

The deficit is £622m more than planned for by the health regulators. The planned £1.6bn was reached at the end of the second quarter. Providers were told that the deficit must be kept below £1.8bn.

“This level of deficit is neither sustainable nor affordable …

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