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'Rushed reforms' hit trust finances

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FIGURES showing that one-third of trusts are in poor financial shape reveal the legacy of 'rushed reforms' and 'short-term' thinking', says the RCN.

FIGURES showing that one-third of trusts are in poor financial shape reveal the legacy of 'rushed reforms' and 'short-term' thinking', says the RCN.

An Audit Commission report on how English trusts ran their finances in 2006-2007, said 31% failed to meet minimum requirements. It concluded that only 27% were performing 'well' or 'strongly'.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: 'These figures show the hidden damage to the NHS caused by rushed reforms, reversed reconfigurations and short-term thinking.'

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