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10 English NHS hospital trusts overspend by £850m, official figures reveal

Ten English hospital trusts clocked up combined overspending of £850m last year, as the NHS’s finances stayed perilously in the red amid prolonged austerity funding, official figures reveal.

The worst deficit was at King’s College healthcare trust in London, which was set to end 2018-19 with a deficit of £182m, according to the data from NHS Improvement (NHSI), which oversees the health service’s finances.

Cambridge University hospitals trust had the second-biggest overspend – £94m – followed by the United Lincolnshire trust, which bust its budget by £89m.

The deficits incurred by Barts Health (£85m) in London and the Worcestershire acute (£73m) trust meant that the five biggest overspenders incurred a collective deficit of £523m.

Read more in The Guardian.

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