How is the NHS performing? October 2015

Quarterly Monitoring Report

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Halfway through the new financial year and our latest survey of finance directors provides an even gloomier picture of the financial and service performance of the NHS than our June poll.

Cuts in local authority social care budgets are adversely affecting health services, according to nearly 9 out of 10 (88 per cent) of NHS trust finance directors and 8 out of 10 (80 per cent) of clinical commissioning group finance leads.

This quarter’s survey also confirms that the NHS is now in serious financial crisis. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of trust finance directors and 88 per cent of acute trusts are forecasting a deficit at the end of the financial year. These forecasts include additional in-year financial support for 75 per cent of finance directors in NHS trusts.

About this quarter's report

How is the NHS performing? October 2015 is the seventeenth of The King's Fund's regular quarterly monitoring reports. Find out more about the work at www.kingsfund.org.uk/qmrproject

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