NHS Imporovement appear more willing to accept the difficulties the service is currently facing regarding privatisation and lack of funding. The official reported deficit for 2018-19 was £571m – a substantial improvement on the shortfall of £966m for 2017-18. This was majorly impacted by a huge financial adjustment of £256m relating to two private finance initiative hospitals that were introduced to the government’s books after Carillion collapsed. This overarching deficit has continued to decline following ongoing privatisation.
Full account available in HSJ, 14 June 2019