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Health trust finances: North East & Cumbria

NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in the North East and Cumbria have combined debts of more than 60m, a BBC News website investigation has found.

All 35 trusts in the region - in the Tyne, Wear and Tees areas and in Cumbria - 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.

Several trusts who revealed debts said they expected to break even by the end of the financial year in March.

Carlisle and District PCT -108,000
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust -1,970,000
County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust -1,100,000 Reducing spending on agency staff
County Durham and Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust 0
Cumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust -21,000
Darlington PCT -800,000 Has made admin savings, frozen recruitment and examined management of waiting lists
Derwentside PCT -720,000
Durham and Chester-le-Street PCT -1,500,000
Durham Dales PCT -1,100,000
Easington PCT 1,100,000
Eden Valley PCT -166,000
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust -495,000 Has imposed a recruitment freeze and appointed an energy conservation manager
Gateshead PCT -2,650,000
Hartlepool PCT -4,000,000 Carried this 4m debt over from 2004-2005
Langbaurgh PCT 0
Middlesbrough PCT 632,000
Newcastle PCT -844,000
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust -2,300,000 Controlling stock and enhancing efficiency in attempt to cut debt
Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust -107,500 Held back reserves as contingency
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust -1,400,000 Attempting to cut spending on agency locums, has overspent on drugs
North Cumbria Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust -58,000
North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust 270,000
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust -11,600,000 Has imposed a freeze on recruitment and restricted non-essential expenditure
North Tees PCT 50,000
North Tyneside PCT -898,000
Northumberland Care Trust -2,560,000
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust 250,000
Sedgefield PCT -3,800,000
South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health NHS Trust -300,000
South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust -24,750,000

21m is debt carried over from previous financial year. Recovery plan set up a year ago has made 30m savings. Has frozen recruitment and made "about four" redundancies

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust -574,000
South Tyneside PCT -256,000 Analysing staff vacancies and reviewing all departments' budgets
Sunderland Teaching PCT -116,000
Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust 40,000
Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust -982,000
West Cumbria PCT 47,000
TOTAL -62,786,500


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