Workers at a hospital in Norfolk are being told to stop ordering stationery to help save money.
Hospital managers need to save £580,000 a month
A newsletter for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, told staff new pens and pencil orders could only be considered as a last resort.
The hospital said the stationery order restrictions would be in place until at least the end of the financial year.
A spokesman for the hospital said that managers must save about £580,000 a month to meet financial targets.
But last month the hospital, which is about £11m in debt, missed its target by £50,000.
According to the hospital spokesman, the deficit was caused by a drop in the number of operations and people requiring emergency treatment, meaning the hospital would receive less funding from the Government.
The spokesman said: "Over the course of the year we have to save £7m.
"As we missed our target last month we have to make some economies as you would do with the normal housekeeping."
He added: "Some people might say it's an act of desperation, but it is just good housekeeping. We have got to make savings."