Worrying figures highlight how serious NHS financial position is

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Commenting on NHS Improvement’s figures on NHS provider sector performance in the third quarter of the year (October to December 2016), Richard Murray, Director of Policy for The King’s Fund, said: ‘There has been a huge effort from staff right across the NHS to manage unprecedented levels of demand and we should recognise the progress that has been made in halting the downward spiral of NHS finances inherited from previous years. Given the backdrop of rises in delayed transfers of care and staff shortages, this is no small achievement.

‘But there is no doubt that these are worrying figures that highlight how serious the NHS’s financial position is, both for this year and the years ahead. Even if the Department of Health manages to remain within its spending limit this year, the prospects for the rest of this parliament are extremely challenging.'

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