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Health trust finances: North West

NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in the North West have combined debts of more than 85m, a BBC News website investigation has found.

All 76 trusts in the region - in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire - 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.

Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust 0
Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT 0
Bebington and West Wirral PCT -432,000 Says it expects to break even through underspending on a range of budgets
Birkenhead and Wallasey PCT -686,000 Anticipates breaking even by end of financial year
Blackburn With Darwen PCT 0
Blackpool PCT 0
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospital NHS Trust -961,000 Two post-operation wards, a rehabilitation unit and minor injuries unit closed, subject to review, until February
Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust -1,000,000 Expects to break even by end of financial year, made cost-cutting measures, but says they did not affect patients
Bolton PCT -108,000 Expects to break even by end of financial year
Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust 0
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT 0
Bury PCT 0
Calderstones NHS Trust 0
Central Cheshire PCT 0
Central Liverpool PCT 3,000,000
Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospital NHS Trust -3,990,000 Has developed a three-year recovery plan
Central Manchester PCT 0
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust 0
Cheshire West PCT -14,900,000 Plans to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital, reduce spending on prescriptions, and only fill vacancies on front-line posts
Chorley and South Ribble PCT 0
Christie Hospital NHS Trust 0
Clatterbridge Centre For Oncology NHS Trust 0
Countess Of Chester Hospital Foundation NHS Trust 0
East Cheshire NHS Trust -13,000,000
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 0
Eastern Cheshire PCT 0 In balance now, but forecasting a 1m debt by March, though a new range of cost-cutting measures could prevent this
Ellesmere Port and Neston PCT 0 Says it has significant underlying financial pressures which need to be addressed from the start of new financial year
Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust -1,185,000 Cost-cutting plans include reducing agency nurse use and the sale of surplus assets
Fylde PCT 0
Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust 0
Halton PCT -1,300,000 Says it is doing everything it can to cut debt and reduce its impact in next financial year
Heywood and Middleton PCT 0
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT 0 Forecast to end financial year with small surplus
Knowsley PCT 0
Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 0
Lancashire Care NHS Trust 0
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust -1,100,000 "Tightening its belt" but has no plans for ward closures
Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 0
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust -1,452,000 Proceeds from selling land of Withington Hospital site are re ducing the deficit
Mersey Care NHS Trust 0
Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust 0
Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust -5,700,000 Imposing cost-cutting measures which it says will not impact on patients
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust -4,850,000 Making a range of cost-cutting moves, including a reduction in bed numbers
Morecambe Bay PCT -3,300,000 Expects to break even at end of financial year. Has a virtual freeze on recruitment and has deferred all investment plans
North Cheshire Community NHS Trust -700,000
North Liverpool PCT 500,000
North Manchester PCT 0 Investing an extra 23m in local health services next year
Oldham PCT 0 Expects small surplus at end of financial year
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust -379,000 Expecting to break even by end of the financial year
Pennine Care Trust -153,600 Expecting to break even by end of the financial year
Preston PCT 0
Rochdale PCT 0
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust 0
Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust 0 Could end financial year with a slight deficit
Salford PCT 0
Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust 0 Has broken even every year since 1996
South Liverpool PCT 0
South Manchester PCT 0 Borrowing approx 14m against future income
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust -583,000 Expecting to break even by end of the financial year
Southport and Formby PCT -4,700,000
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust -15,000,000 Says it is doing a lot to tackle its debt - looking at how it works, best practices to change the way it works, how things can be done to improve the situation for patients and to save money at the same time
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust 0
St Helens PCT 0
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust -414,000 Deficit cut from 1.1m since September. Aiming to increase productivity, contain overspending and introduce cost-cutting measures which do not affect patients
Stockport PCT 0
Tameside and Glossop Community and Priority Services NHS Trust -1,000,000 Has closed two wards and expects to be in the black by April
Tameside and Glossop PCT 0 Had a surplus last year
The Cardiothoracic Centre - Liverpool NHS Trust 0
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust -2,600,000 The trust's board has been told to take immediate action to improve its position
Trafford North PCT 0
Trafford South PCT 0
Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust 0 Has made more than 500,000 in savings by cutting corporate jobs and use of agency nurses and reducing beds and length of stay for patients
Warrington PCT -2,000,000 Says debt is a one-off. Recruitment freeze for three months, now lifted
West Lancashire PCT 0
Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust -6,500,000 Expects to break even by April, says no reduction in services has been made and trust has treated more patients than in previous years
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Health Services NHS Trust -1,900,000 Says debt is not increasing, but is tightening use of agency staff, reducing length of stay and ensuring value for money from suppliers
Wyre PCT 0
TOTAL -86,393,600


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