A report has raised serious concerns about the financial state of the health service in Surrey and Sussex, and the possible impact on patient care.
The Strategic Health Authority (SHA) for the two counties has been warned “radical action” is required.
There are 30 health trusts within the Surrey and Sussex SHA, with a predicted budget deficit of £75m for the 2005/06 financial year.
The Audit Commission report urged them all to work towards financial recovery.
A “continuing failure” to reverse the problem was identified, although it was also recognised that recovery work was already under way in some areas.