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New report highlights financial and patient pressures on NHS

26th May 2015

NHS foundation trusts faced extreme financial and operational challenges during 2014-15, a new report from Monitor has revealed.

Foundation trusts treated a record-breaking 10.7 million emergency in-patients between April 2014 and March 2015 – a 574,000 increase on the previous year – while there was also a substantial rise in the number of non-emergency patients.

The sector also ended 2014-15 in deficit for the first time, with a shortfall of 349 million pounds, while a number of national waiting times targets for emergency care, routine operations and some cancer treatments were missed.

According to the regulator, an over-reliance on expensive agency staff and the continued need to make cost savings is contributing to these problems.

Dr David Bennett, chief executive at Monitor, said: "The sector can no longer afford to operate on a business as usual basis, and we all need to redouble our efforts to deliver substantial efficiency gains in order to ensure patients get the services they need."

With a recent King's Fund survey indicating that two-thirds of NHS finance directors expect to overspend again this year, the thinktank has stated that the new figures show a need for a fresh approach to NHS funding.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801788685-ADNFCR

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