NHS Trusts in England have run-up a £930 million “worst for a generation” deficit in the first three months of this financial year. Regulators have also noted that performance measures on waiting times for access to hospital treatment and diagnostic tests could be worsening.
Triggle, N. (2015). NHS deficits hit ‘massive’ £930m. London: BBC Health News, October 9th 2015.
Pym, H. (2015). What’s gone wrong with NHS finances? London: BBC Health News, October 9th 2015.
NHS foundation trusts: quarterly performance report (quarter 1, 2015/16). London: Monitor, October 9th 2015.
Radical change is said to be required from foundation trusts to tackle intense pressures:
Performance of the foundation trust sector: year ended 30 June 2015. London: Monitor, October 8th 2015.
Plans to save the NHS £1 billion on agency staff costs over the next three years have emerged:
NHS agency staff cap ‘to save £1bn’. London: BBC Health News, October 13th 2015.
NHS England cap on agency payments comes into effect. London: BBC Health News, November 23rd 2015.
“ …some hospitals are playing fast and loose with the cap regulations to make themselves more attractive…”
Triggle, N. (2016). Chorley A&E closure: A cautionary tale? London: BBC Health News, April 14th 2016.
Rubber Hitting the Road by 2016/2017 ?
Pym, H. (2015). How much money for health? London: BBC Health News, November 9th 2015.
November 2015 Update
Triggle, N. (2015). NHS trusts’ overspend hits £1.6bn. London: BBC Health News, November 20th 2015.
Possibly of tangential interest, over 50,000 people in the NHS earned more than £100,000 in 2013-14, according to a Freedom of Information request from the Taxpayers’ Alliance and Daily Mail:
Fifty thousand NHS staff earn ‘at least £100,000’. London: BBC Health News, November 10th 2015.
December 2015 Update
The National Audit Office (NAO) has commented on the widespread deficits in the NHS, with a total deficit of more than £2 billion forecast by NHS trusts this year; this is even greater than the overspend of over £840m last year.
Triggle, N. (2015). Financial problems ‘endemic’ in NHS. London: BBC Health News, December 16th 2015.
This relates to:
The Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office: Morse, A. (2015). Sustainability and financial performance of acute hospital trusts. National Audit Office Report (HC 611). Session 2015-16. London: The Stationery Office [Department of Health / National Audit Office (NAO)], December 16th 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.
NHS trusts in England might be in the red to the tune of £2.3 billion by the end of the financial year.
By February 2016:
Brimelow, A. (2016). NHS trusts may hit £2.3bn deficit, report warns. London: BBC Health News, February 18th 2016.
Triggle, N. (2016). Virtually all hospitals now in deficit. London: BBC Health News, February 19th 2016.
International Comparisons: Health Spending as a Proportion of GDP
BBC analysis of political will?
Triggle, N. (2016). Is enough being spent on the NHS? London: BBC Health News, February 25th 2016.
Perfect Storm for NHS Providers Finances?
The following Health Foundation report examines the financial performance of NHS providers and the general position for commissioners of care (i.e. NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups).
Lafond, S. Charlesworth, A. [and] Roberts, A. (2016). A perfect storm: an impossible climate for NHS providers’ finances? An analysis of NHS finances and factors associated with financial performance. London: Health Foundation, February 29th 2016.
Questions concerning the EU Referendum Debate are handled elsewhere.