Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NHS 'Must Cut [Pounds Sterling]200m of Services in Capital'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NHS 'Must Cut [Pounds Sterling]200m of Services in Capital'

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

THE NHS in London will have to make more than [pounds sterling]200million of cuts to services and axe hundreds of jobs to avoid massive debt this year, experts said today.

The figures come after Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said the NHS faced total debts of [pounds sterling]620million unless action was taken in the second half of the financial year.

The Standard has reported how at least 500 beds are to be closed in the capital and 600 jobs lost to save cash. Now more cuts are expected.

The Government released unaudited financial forecasts yesterday which showed that the three biggest predicted debts are in London and the South-East.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is heading for a deficit of [pounds sterling]41.2million, while Hammersmith Hospital faces debts of [pounds sterling]36million.

Other London trusts heading for deficits are St George's Healthcare ([pounds sterling]34.4million); Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust, ([pounds sterling]20million); Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, ([pounds sterling]25. …

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