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Apr

NHS errors ‘hidden’


A scrutiny committee says poor accounting practices hid a huge deficit at Croydon Primary Care Trust and prevented it from being found sooner, The Telegraph reports.



In June 2011, the Trust reported a £5.5m surplus when the true figure on its balance sheet was a £22.7m deficit. The committee says accounting errors were "deliberately hidden" and called for the health service to identify and take action against those responsible.

Officers whose "action or inaction" caused the overspend and subsequent "cover up" should be investigated, their report states. A previous investigation performed by NHS London did not hold anyone responsible, the it added.

Many senior executives who were in charge at the time refused to give evidence to the committee, which has left "crucial questions unanswered", their report adds.

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