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NHS trust in special measures

A London hospital trust has been placed in special measures due to funding problems.

Sanctions folder

NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned, criticising the “unrealistic” approach to NHS finances.

The regulator said a £92m deficit is now forecast this year – more than twice the original figure £38m.

Chief Executive Ian Dalton said the position was “not acceptable” and “has deteriorated very seriously over recent months”.

King’s College Hospital released a statement, which said Lord Kerslake has led King’s “through a challenging period which has also seen some notable successes [...] and some of the highest patient outcomes of any trust in the UK”.

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