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Financial cuts put patients at risk

21st May 2009

The Committee of Public Accounts has cautioned that improving financial management could have an impact on the quality of patients' treatment in the NHS.

The latest data from the National Audit Office has shown 3% of NHS organisations "were in deficit" in 2007/08, in comparison to 22% in the year before. Edward Leigh, the chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts, said: "Patients lose out if too much NHS funding is sitting unspent in bank accounts. The needs here and now of patients in parts of the country for drugs and better quality care must not be forgotten."

 

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