Hospitals services will be in 'stronger position' after Mid Yorkshire £114m debt wiped

The NHS trust in charge of Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals has had its £114m debt written off by the government.

By David Spereall - Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 16th April 2020, 2:05 pm

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust was one of 107 across England to have all of the cash it owes wiped by the Department of Health.

Mid Yorkshire's debt was one of the biggest across the county - only trusts covering Calderdale and Huddersfield as well as the Richmond area of North Yorkshire owed more cash to the government.

The trust, whose staff have been praised for their tireless efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is yet to comment on the announcement.

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But the chief executive of NHS England said it would leave hospitals and mental health services in a "stronger position" after the virus is beaten.

Announcing the slashing of debts for hospitals across Yorkshire, the north-east and Cumbria, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "As we tackle this crisis, nobody in our health service should be distracted by their hospital’s past finances.

"I’m pleased to confirm the value of this package for the North East and Yorkshire.

"This £1.5 billion debt write off will wipe the slate clean and allow NHS hospitals to plan for the future and invest in vital services."