NHS trust breakup 'cost double'

The decision to dismantle a failing London NHS hospital trust could cost taxpayers almost double the amount originally estimated.

Doing nothing 'not an option' over NHS trust

South London Healthcare Trust was overspending by around £1m per week and a lack of investment was putting patients at risk. Doing nothing was not an option.

Dissolving this failing trust will safeguard the best interests of patients in South London. The costs involved are far less than what would have been the case if we had left SLHT to carry on overspending.

– Department of Health

Decision to dismantle failing NHS trust 'to cost double'

The decision to dismantle a failing London NHS hospital trust could cost taxpayers almost double the amount originally estimated. The South London Healthcare trust, which included hospitals in Bromley, Woolwich and Sidcup, has been dissolved after amassing huge debts.

South London Healthcare was formed in 2009
South London Healthcare was formed in 2009 Credit: Press Association

The Evening Standard reports that the shake-up will end up costing £466 million. Originally the cost was estimated at £265 million.

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