A key part of our Quarterly Monitoring Report is a survey of NHS finance directors, which offers an insight into the state of NHS finances. Ahead of the publication of our next report, Joni Jabbal considers the responses in our latest survey

The NHS ended the last financial year (2015/16) with an unprecedented deficit of £1.85 billion. During the year, national bodies implemented a series of drastic one-off measures to release resources. But, as the National Audit Office identified, many of these cannot be repeated. As the pressures grow across the NHS – as a result of increasing demand, constrained resources, and the impact of funding cuts to social care – it is clear that the system cannot cope.

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