Today NHS Improvement has released official figures showing the total NHS deficit for 2015/16. Here's our statement in response.
A Department of Health spokesperson said:
"We know finances are challenging, but we are committed to the NHS which is why we're investing £10 billion to fund its own plan for the future - including nearly £4 billion this year. Our clampdown on expensive agency staff and management consultants is starting to have an impact in helping trusts, but hospital leaders must continue to show grip to ensure finances are placed on the same footing as quality of care and so every penny possible goes to the frontline.”