Third of hospitals in financial difficulty15th December 2011
MPs from the public accounts committee have warned that a third of hospital trusts are in financial difficulty and may never achieve foundation status.
They say many will have to merge or be broken up, meaning that services will be cut and patients forced to travel further to neighbouring hospitals, while some could even be forced to close. Health secretary Andrew Lansley blamed the "dismal legacy" of private finance initiative bills and "inadequate leadership", which had left trusts flailing under unsustainable debt.
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Title: Third of hospitals in financial difficulty
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20601
Date Added: 15th Dec 2011