PCTs 'limit healthcare to make savings'

One in five NHS organisations and whole regions of England are still in deficit, according to a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The financial recovery of the NHS has been inconsistent, and PCTs have cut back on services to achieve savings, the report concludes.

Despite an apparent turnaround within the NHS, which ended 2006/7 with a surplus of £515 million, 82 NHS trusts still have deficits totalling over £917 million.

PCTs that had their budgets cut could not deliver the health care they would have liked, the report says.

PAC chairman Edward Leigh MP (Conservative, Gainsborough) said: ‘Some PCTs limited the amount of healthcare they delivered either to make savings or because their budgets were cut.'

Last year East of England SHA had a deficit of £153 million.



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