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Gloucestershire health trust placed in special financial measures

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

The trust which runs the Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham hospitals has been put into financial special measures.

Managers say patient care won't be affected, even though the trust is likely to end the current financial year in debt.

The NHS will now investigate how the financial problems went unnoticed for so long.

In the meantime the Trust has taken out a loan from the Department of Health to try and plug the gap.

The board fully recognises the scale of the financial challenges facing the Trust and the seriousness of the concerns surrounding the historical financial governance arrangements.

The whole board is committed to working constructively with NHS Improvement to ensure the Trust gets back onto a firm financial footing as soon as possible.

– Deborah Lee, chief executive

Since September the trust has announced a number of steps to stabilise its position, including the appointment of an Interim Director of Finance.


Protesters march through Bristol to 'save the NHS'

Protesters fighting for the National Health Service in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Doctors, NHS staff and members of the public have been marching through Bristol to protest over the state of the Health Service.

The protesters have a list of complaints - changes to Junior Doctors' contracts, scrapping of bursaries for nurses and other healthcare students, the so-called demonisation of migrant workers in the NHS and continued large-scale cuts and privatisation imposed on NHS services.

Jack Hazeldine, one of the protest organisers, told ITV News that he blames part of the problem faced by our A and E departments is the pressure on GP surgeries.


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