The NHS's financial problems are set to worsen next year, with more hospitals ending up in the red, the health services's finance managers have warned.
Growing demand for care, pressure on A&E units and the need to hire more nurses to ensure high standards of treatment are driving up costs for NHS care providers, the
Its survey of 188 finance directors of NHS organisations found that just 12% of 129 hospital finance directors believe their trust will achieve its financial targets in 2015-16, while 44% do not.
Similarly, just one in four finance directors in GP-led clinical commissisoning groups, who commission and pay for care, said they would meet their targets.
A mere 2% of hospital finance chiefs and 11% of their clinical commissioning group counterparts think the
More positively, 92% of NHS finance bosses expect the quality of care to improve or stay the same over the next few years, despite the expectation of increasingly widespread financial distress.
"Trust chief executives need to have a tight financial grip to keep delivering high quality services whilst making the savings necessary to meet rising demand."
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