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Hospital trusts accused of ‘hoarding’ more than £130m instead of spending cash on patient care

Five NHS trusts in the Midlands have come under fire for “hoarding” cash in banks instead of spending it on patient care, after it emerged bosses were sitting on more than £134 million of unspent income.

While neighbouring trusts struggle to make ends meet, The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, Dudley Group of Hospitals, Walsall Healthcare Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust and West Midlands Ambulance Service all operated on a surplus last year, with millions more kept in the bank, according to figures uncovered by Midlands-based daily paper the Express & Star. South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson accused health chiefs of hoarding money which could be invested in patient care.

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