Government spin hides true deficits of NHS trusts

More than one in four PCTs will remain in deficit at the end of 2007/8, with combined debts totalling more than £600 million.

Six of these 40 trusts are predicting they will dip further into the red over the current financial year.

Cumbria, Leicestershire County and Rutland, Enfield, Buckingham, North Somerset and Wiltshire PCTs will all end 2007/8 with increased deficits – between them they will be £100 million further in debt than at the end of 2006/7.

A DoH quarterly financial report published last week forecast an overall surplus for the year of almost £1 billion, and said the total deficit of all NHS trusts was just £204 million. But these figures are based on performance in 2007/8 in isolation.

GP representatives criticised the presentation of the financial statistics as ‘political spinning’ and urged the DoH to present data in an ‘honest’ way.

Full analysis of the figures in this week’s GP newspaper.

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