The Government is supporting the National Health Service to achieve its Long Term Plan by raising spending on health by £33.9 billion by 2023-24, and as a condition of funding has set five financial tests for the NHS: test 1 commits that the NHS (including providers) will return to financial balance.
In the short term, the Department will continue to support providers through the Provider Financing facility while organisations get to grips with their financial challenges and develop robust recovery plans. The Department is also reviewing options for debt restructuring to support provider recovery plans.
The NHS has set out its own strategy for the next five years in the NHS Long Term Plan. NHS England and NHS Improvement will work with local organisations and regional leaders to develop the right operational plans to deliver that strategy, including supporting the NHS to deliver overall financial balance in every year and for individual NHS organisations to all be in balance by 2023-24. There is a commitment to deliver a significant reduction in the number of providers in deficit in 2019-20.