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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Hospitals rapped for poor financial handling

Isleworth’s West Middlesex Hospital Trust has been criticised for failing to keep control of its finances.

The base on the Twickenham Road has been named in a report by the Audit Commission along with six other hospital trusts.

They’ve been rapped for overspending.

The 7 trusts went over budget by a combined total of 60 million pounds last year.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge had the highest overspend in the country at 35 million pounds.

The West Middlesex over ran by three and a half million.

Inspectors look at how trusts manage their resources and delivering value for money.

It’s the third year in a row that the NHS as a whole has recorded a surplus. This year it was a combined 1.74 billion pounds.

But we’re told that was in line with expectations.

So how did the rest of the hospital trusts in Surrey and SW London fare?

They’re graded between 1 and 4 – 1 being of inadequate performance, and 4, performing strongly.

Epsom and St Helier noticeably scored only a 2, the same as last year, which means its financial performance is just adequate.

St George’s in Tooting also scored the same for the second year in a row.

Kingston has fallen in the tables. Last year’s score of 4 has been dropped to a 3 this year – the same as the Mayday in Croydon.

But the report does show that Kingston is consistent with above average scores for financial reporting and internal control.
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