The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost fourfold in a year, a report reveals.
Nineteen were flagged up to Jeremy Hunt in the financial year 2013-14, compared with five in 2012-13, according to the Audit Commission. Twenty-four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were also referred.
Marcine Waterman, the controller of audit, said auditors were reporting concerns about the financial resilience of a third of trusts last year, compared with a quarter for the previous 12-month period.
“This level of reporting is worrying and reflects the increasing risks to the financial sustainability of individual NHS trusts as they continue to face sizeable financial pressures due to a rising demand for services and the necessary focus on quality of care, whilst balancing the need for continued cost savings,” she said.
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