Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Flagship hospital 'hit by barrage of changes'

FT.com 31st January - Flagship hospital 'hit by barrage of changes'

By Nicholas Timmins, Public Policy Editor

"One of the government's flagship foundation hospitals, which has hit serious financial trouble, saw its operations crumble under "a barrage of changes" that are hitting all parts of the National Health Service, according to an analysis of the crisis. Within a matter of months Bradford Teaching Hospitals went from projecting a £2.4m surplus to facing a deficit that is likely this year to top £11m on a £216m turnover. But a report commissioned by Monitor, the trust's independent regulator and released to the Financial Times under the Freedom of Information Act, says there was "no one problem" that caused the financial crisis."

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