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NHS ‘could see hardest year in history in 2015/16’

24th April 2015

The NHS is likely to be hit harder than ever by growing deficits, declining performance and plummeting morale in 2015/16, according to a report from the King's Fund.

Findings from the thinktank's latest quarterly monitoring report suggest that two-thirds of hospitals are concerned about staying within budget over the next year. This is more pronounced than last year, when it is estimated that hospitals and other NHS providers in England exceeded their budgets by more than 800 million pounds.

For the third consecutive quarter, staff morale tops the list of concerns raised by trust finance directors, while only 45 percent of trusts feel confident that they will achieve the productivity targets for 2015/16.

Moreover, performance against target waiting times for emergency departments is at its worst level since 2003, with the number of delayed transfers of care rising by over 20 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Richard Murray, director of policy at the King's Fund, said: "If last year was the most difficult for some time, this year promises to be much worse, with little confidence that the alarming deterioration in NHS finances can be arrested."

He added that there is "considerable scepticism" that the 22 billion pounds in productivity improvements outlined in the NHS five-year forward view can be achieved.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801785048-ADNFCR

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