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Trust due to run Stafford Hospital services faces finances probe

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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The health trust due to take over some of Stafford Hospital’s services in the autumn has been referred to the Health Secretary because of concerns over its finances.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust is one of 19 health organisations where concerns are being raised by auditors because they have failed to break even and do not have robust enough plans to balance their books in future.

Not only did the 19 trusts fail to break even in the 2013/14 financial year, they were also unable to convince the Audit Commission they could put their problems right in the medium term.

Audit Commission controller Marcine Waterman said the findings were "worrying".

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Meanwhile the BMA, the organisation representing doctors, has warned that the NHS is “starting to buckle” because of lack of investment.

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA Council, said:"Ultimately, politicians have to face up reality: we have an aging population with more complex medical needs. Demand on the NHS is rising and will only continue to rise.

“Staff and services are stretched to capacity, workloads are becoming unmanageable and patient care is being compromised.

“The message is stark and clear - without urgent investment in frontline services and real action to put the health service on a sustainable financial footing for the future, the NHS simply will not be able to cope."

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  • cooljay  |  July 24 2014, 10:01PM

    What this is over spent the accounts have been looked at before. The PFI debt is causing the other hospitals to fail eg Stafford. The lack of community beds and lack of funds in the community causes more pressure. The £300 K COMPENSATION PAYOUT is not helping. Wait for staff stress claims.It is a failing trust taking the money from stafford to pay back debts and keep the PFI loans going. The govt has killed the NHS and the Cancer contract going to private companies will only make mattters worse. What are the regulators doing and when????? Total lack of action and care.

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  • Barry Davies  |  July 24 2014, 3:44PM

    The government it seems would rather spend the money on private profiteering companies than the sick people of the nation. The amount of money paid to ernst and young to be the tsa at Stafford would more pay off the debts of the hospitals in the nhs having difficulties throughout the nation, with some left over. However clearly Eton and Oxford don't teach economics that spending 200 million to deal with an 8 million shortfall is economically unsound.

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  • Andy54  |  July 24 2014, 1:44PM

    If the NHS budget was spent on the real purpose of the NHS instead of empire building and bonus payments we would not have any problems. Has anyone noticed that 90% of all the problems have come about since this government got into power. Could this be intended or are they really so bad. It appears to me that the government have all the solutions and are managing the problems to suit them.

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