More than one in five finance directors in the NHS in England believes that the quality of patient services will worsen over the coming year, while one in three thinks the decline will continue the following year as well.
The findings come from the latest biannual NHS Financial Temperature Check survey of around 200 finance directors in England in May-June this year, and published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which represents finance staff working in the NHS
For the third consecutive year, the financial performance of the NHS worsened, with NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts reporting a deficit, and for the first time, CCGs also racking up an overspend in 2015-16. More than one in five finance directors (21% of CCG chief financial officer and 23% of trust finance directors) believes the quality of patient services will deteriorate this financial year, while one in three provider trusts anticipate quality will decline further next year.
The most vulnerable aspects of patient care include waiting times (76%), access to services (69%) and the breadth of services offered (61%).
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