Quick take: NHS 2016–17 Quarter 1 finances
By Sally Gainsbury
New details were released today about NHS England’s financial performance in the first quarter of 2016–17. Last week I warned that:
“On the face of it these figures show NHS providers more or less on track. But there is a real risk that they give a rose-tinted view of a more troubling underlying picture — because access to the special £1.8 billion fund which trusts desperately need to keep paying staff wages is tied to them reporting the ‘right’ figures at the end of each quarter.”
Now that we have more information, here are my initial reactions.