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Quality of NHS care 'has deteriorated' HEALTH.

ALMOST two thirds of finance directors at NHS trusts believe the quality of patient care has deteriorated in the past year.

A new report from the influential King's Fund thinktank found worsening patient care and a health service under pressure due to financial problems.

Its detailed review of 2015/16 found 67per cent of NHS trusts ended the financial year in deficit, including 86 per cent of acute hospitals.

More than half of finance directors expect their trust to end the next financial year in deficit, too, and are "very pessimistic", the report said.

The study included the views of 87 NHS trust finance directors, plus 42 finance heads from 47 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which look after a large chunk of the NHS budget and manage local services.

Some 65 per cent of NHS trust finance directors thought patient care had got worse over the last year, as did 54 per cent of CCG finance leads.

These findings "are the most worrying" since the King's Fund began asking this question in 2012, the report said.

Only two per cent of trust finance directors said that patient care had improved over the past 12 months.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 19, 2016
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