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NHS forecasts 2008 surplus

The NHS is continuing to forecast a surplus for this financial year, with most NHS trusts in balance, announced the Department of Health today.

Based on figures from the first nine months of the financial year, the NHS forecasts a surplus of £1.8bn at the end of the 2007 and 2008 financial year compared with a deficit of £547m at the end fo 2006/2006.

The NHS has also delivered improvements in patients care with 98% of patients being offered a GP appointment within two working days.

The target to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and strokes by at least 40% by 2010 has been met five years early.

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS said: “Today's report not only shows that the NHS now has a strong and sustainable financial position, but also - importantly - it shows that we remain on course to deliver against our key pledges.”

Department of Health