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NHS 'no longer free in 10 years'

An influential think tank has said that the NHS in England could be in a funding crisis before the next general election. The Nuffield Trust has said accounts from 2013/14 show that the system is under "severe financial pressure"

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Report: NHS Trusts 'more than £100m' in the red

The Nuffield Trust said there are an increasing number of NHS trusts in deficit even with hundreds of millions of pounds of additional funding.

Provisional data for 2013/14 suggested that trusts were in a net overall deficit of more than £100 million compared with an overall surplus of £383 million the previous year, it said. And 66 trusts across the country were now in deficit compared to 45 in 2012/13.

Report: NHS Trusts 'more than £100 million' in the red Credit: PA

Andy McKeon, Nuffield Trust senior policy fellow, said: "[The NHS] has now reached a tipping point. Our analysis shows just how poorly placed it is to cope with the squeeze still to come."

But Health Minister Lord Howe said: "These predictions are pessimistic and paint an unrealistic picture... we have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget by £12.7 billion over this Parliament."

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