LABOUR’S Mike Le-Surf today accused the Government of losing control of NHS finances as reports indicate Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be in deficit for the first time since the General Election.
Official figures show the Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a deficit of £4.66m as at Q3 in the financial year 2013/14. This is the first time the trust has run a deficit in more than four years suggesting that this is a direct result of the government’s costly and unwanted top-down reorganisation.
The figures, obtained from Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the House of Commons Library, show NHS finances have gone backwards in every English region since the General Election. The worst deterioration has been in the East of England, London, the East Midlands and the West Midlands.
Labour’s analysis comes as reports suggest Ministers are putting emergency money into an unprecedented summer crisis in A&E and to tackle the growing backlog of operations.
Mike Le-Surf Labour’s general election candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock said:
“David Cameron and Stephen Metcalfe MP promised that they would protect the NHS. Instead, their disastrous reorganisation has thrown the NHS into chaos and put patient safety in South Basildon and East Thurrock at risk.
“Patient care is going backwards as more people are forced to wait longer in A&E, cancelled operations are at their highest for a decade and waits for vital cancer tests and treatments are increasing too.
“The Government has also lost grip of the NHS’s finances. Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reporting a deficit for the first time in years, putting patient care at even greater risk in future. The fact that Ministers are having to put more money in to tackle a summer crisis in A&E and the growing backlog of operations shows how desperate the situation now is.
“Forcing through a £3 billion back-room reorganisation when the NHS faces the biggest financial challenge of its life was David Cameron’s single biggest mistake on the NHS, supported at every stage by Stephen Metcalfe and it is patients who are suffering as a result.”