Audit Commission refers 19 NHS trusts to Health Secretary

Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to the Health Secretary after auditors raised concerns about their financial viability, representing an almost four-fold rise from five last year. The Audit Commission reviewed 98 trusts running a combination of hospital, ambulance and community services, looking in-depth at only those trusts that have not achieved foundation trusts status, finding that 19 hospitals trusts not failed to break even in 2013-14, but were unable to convince auditors they could rectify the issues in the medium term. A Department of Health spokesperson said the government recognised there were challenges which was why the budget had been protected this parliament.