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Health trust finances: South West
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NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in the South West have combined debts of more than 10m, a BBC News website investigation has found.

All 18 trusts in Devon and Cornwall were contacted in January and asked what their current financial status was.

The results are below, with explanations for how some trusts came to be in that position, or measures taken to tackle any problems.

Minus figures show a deficit, figures without a minus sign indicate a trust which has a surplus or is breaking even.

SOUTH WEST HEALTH TRUST FINANCES
HEALTH TRUST SURPLUS/ DEBT () IMPACT/ EXPLANATION
Central Cornwall PCT 0 Consulting on closing Newquay minor injuries unit and 38 beds at cottage hospitals
Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust -339,000 Considering action to ease pressure on drugs and learning disabilities budgets
Devon Partnership NHS Trust -827,000
East Devon PCT 62,000
Exeter PCT -729,000
Mid Devon PCT -288,000 Considering cutting beds at four community hospitals
North and East Cornwall PCT -1,392,000 Proposing reducing the opening times of five minor injuries units
North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 0 Reducing posts in support and clinical departments, sale of hospital buildings proposed
North Devon PCT -4,052,000 Closed minor injuries units at South Molton and Torrington hospitals and closed 21 community hospital beds
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust -1,004,000 Cuts in agency nursing and midwifery staff
Plymouth PCT -845,000 Sales of redundant land and buildings
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust -1,423,000 Subsidising the cost of running an MRI scanner by allowing private patients to use the machine
South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust -501,000
South Hams and West Devon PCT 749,000 Has cut night opening times at Kingsbridge minor injuries unit
Teignbridge PCT 180,000 Restricting opening times at four minor injuries units
Torbay PCT 15,000
West of Cornwall PCT 25,000
Westcountry Ambulance NHS Trust 21,000 Twelve-hour shifts changed to 10-hour shifts
TOTAL -10,348,000




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