2011/12 saw biggest number of trusts in deficit22nd June 2012
New figures from the Department of Health have revealed that the largest number of hospital trusts finished a year in the red for more than five years.
Data for 2011-12 shows that 10 NHS hospital trusts recorded deficits including Newham University Hospital Trust in east London and Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust, which recorded losses of £200,000 and £2m respectively despite both forecasting they would finish the year with a surplus as recently as December 2011.
Most trusts in deficit were in the London area.
They included South London Healthcare Trust (£65m), Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust (£50m), Whipps Cross University Hospitals Trust (£6m), Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust (£12m), Imperial College Healthcare Trust (£8m), North West London Hospitals Trust (£8m), Enfield PCT (£17m), Haringey Teaching PCT (£17m) and Barnet PCT (£14m).
In addition, Surrey and Sussex Health had a deficit of £6m and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals was in the red to the tune of £19m.
The data was published in the annual report of NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson.
It said NHS delivered savings of £5.8bn for the year, a quarter of the £20bn savings it will need by 2015.
The report added: “As we have previously noted, the demands of an ageing population and increased costs owing to developments in drugs and advancing medical technologies present challenging financial conditions in a constrained economic environment.
“All parts of the NHS will need to take bold, long-term measures to rise to this challenge and deliver sustainable improvement in 2012-13.”
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Title: 2011/12 saw biggest number of trusts in deficit
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22198
Date Added: 22nd Jun 2012