NHS trusts 'need to up financial game' as more fall into the red

More NHS foundation trusts are struggling with finances, a report has found. The study from Monitor, which regulates England's 147 foundation trusts, said 39 trusts are now in deficit. The combined financial hole of these trusts is £180 million.

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Monitor's report shows:

  • 18 trusts breached this target, up from 12 the previous quarter and compared with four in the same period in 2012
  • 39 trusts are now in financial deficit - almost double the same period last year
  • 1.6 million patients were waiting for treatment in December - 14% higher than December 2012
  • 28 foundation trusts failed the four-hour A&E waiting time target from October-December 2013
  • Of England's 147 NHS Foundation Trusts, 26 are currently in breach of their licence
  • 8 of those trusts are in special measures

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