More NHS trusts sliding into the red

Branwen Jeffreys reports for the BBC News 31st Jan 2014: More NHS trusts sliding into the red

“Almost one in three NHS trusts in England is now forecasting they will end the financial year overspent, official figures show.

More organisations are now in difficulty, compared with the same point last year.

Budget pressures may partly be due to hospitals hiring more nurses.

But the Department of Health says hard decisions on public finances have meant it has increased the overall NHS budget.

Overspends

The financial outlook appears to be deteriorating across all types of NHS organisations providing care in England. “All the evidence we have is that our members are finding it increasingly difficult financially, and the situation is getting worse quickly”…………..

End Quote Nick Samuels Foundation Trust Network

There are 102 NHS organisations, mainly hospitals, which have their finances overseen by a new body called the Trust Development Authority.

Inevitable decline in standards is happening, because we won’t face up to and discuss the philosophy of healthcare and the need to ration overtly.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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