NHS debts are forecast to increase to more than £1.3bn according to a government report revealed today, prompting more alarm about the future of patient services.
The forecast debt, released as part of third-quarter accounts, is around £140m higher than previous estimates. The figures also show that 35% of hospitals and primary care trusts (PCT) are not expected to balance their books, compared with 33% in the last quarter.
David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, said that despite the figures overall the health service was on course to meet its target of breaking even this year.
NHS debts rise to over £1.3bn