Financial concerns grow amid latest report

The figures, representing April to September, cover 241 trusts and providers and have been reportedly been described as ‘the worst for a generation’. Overall, eight in 10 trusts were in deficit by the end of September.

For the 2014-15 financial year, the overspend totalled £822million. The combined overspend for the financial year sits at nearly double that following the second quarterly report.

The government has promised the NHS an extra £8billion by 2020. Health service leaders have urged for that money to be ‘front-loaded’ so that most of it comes in the first few years to help them get on top of the pressures.

Jim Mackey, chief executive designate of NHS Improvement, said: “Today’s figures make for really challenging reading – not least for those NHS organisations that are missing national standards and going into deficit for the very first time.

“NHS commissioners and local authorities need to work in partnership with local providers to help significantly improve how they tackle delayed transfers of care – a significant nation-wide problem which is directly impacting on the amount of beds available to clinicians so that they can treat their patients in a timely manner.”

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