3% of NHS trusts 'fail' to balance books

Half of the 302 NHS trusts and PCTs in England have performed well or strongly in the way they have used their resources and only 3 per cent have failed to balance their books, according to the Audit Commission.

Performance for 2007/8 is revealed in the watchdog's third annual Auditors' Local Evaluation report.

It also found that 93 per cent of NHS trusts and PCTs met or exceeded minimum standards for their overall use of resources.

The North West SHA area achieved the highest average score overall across England, while those in the Yorkshire and Humber SHA scored the lowest.

London’s performance was the most mixed. It had the highest proportion of NHS bodies performing strongly but also the highest failing to meet minimum standards.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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