One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red

More than a quarter of acute trusts reported a financial position which was more than £5m worse than planned for the first nine months of 2015-16.

The majority of these trusts had already planned for large deficits at the start of the year, but are now even deeper in the red than expected.

Last week, regulators said the NHS provider sector had reported a combined deficit of £2.3bn for the nine months to December, which was £622m worse than planned. The deterioration came almost entirely from the acute sector.

Full story in The HSJ 25 February 2016