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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospital trusts are forecast to be in (a) historical deficit, and (b) in-year deficit, at the end of the financial year 2011-12; what the total amount of (a) and (b) is estimated to be; and whether all deficits at the end of 2011-12 will be rolled forward to 2012-13.
In 2011-12, 30 hospital trusts have a historical operating deficit, in total, of £623 million, which relates to previous years. At Quarter 1 of 2011-12, six hospital trusts are forecasting an in-year operating deficit, in total, of £170 million.
The operating deficits at the end of 2011-12 will remain in the accounts of each hospital trust and will form part of their cumulative operating deficit in 2012-13.