NHS Deficits - are they understated?
I recently asked a question about NHS deficits and was given the forecast as at period 6 (end of September). One thing I have not been clear on is whether or not for the last financial year the inter Trust balances have been reconciled.
A lot of payments are made between NHS Trusts. That means that if one claims a debt and the other denies it then there is a hidden deficit. I have asked questions of the Department of Health which would tease this out, but they have failed to answer.
I have seen figures for Lincolnshire with a deficit of 17.5 Million, but been unable to check them against the written answer as I only have that on paper and it has not as yet gone into Hansard.