Underfunding and staff shortages are among reasons for deficit, says watchdog
Some hospitals are overspending by as much as Â£141m a year due to NHS underfunding, staff shortages and demand for care, according to Whitehallâ€™s spending watchdog.
Some hospitals are overspending by as much as Â£141m a year due to NHS underfunding,Â staff shortagesÂ and demand for care, according to Whitehallâ€™s spending watchdog.
Kingâ€™s College healthcare trust, which runs two hospitals in London, ended last year Â£141.4m in the red â€“ the biggest deficit among Englandâ€™s 232 trusts that provide services.
Ten trusts recorded a combined deficit of Â£758m in 2017-18, which was 69% of the Â£991m loss that trusts collectively posted, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.
Another London trust, BartsÂ Health, had the second largest deficit â€“ Â£108.8m â€“ while the United Lincolnshire hospitals trust was Â£81.23m in the red.
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