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£1.8bn 'transformation fund' was used to keep NHS afloat, say auditors

Money set aside to stabilise NHS England was spent on dealing with day-to-day pressures, National Audit Office finds

A cash injection of £1.8bn that was supposed to be spent stabilising the health service’s finances in England has instead been used to cope with day-to-day pressures, a report by official auditors has found.

The NHS received the money from the sustainability and transformation fund in 2016-17. It was meant to set up structures in order to survive on less money from 2017-18 onwards, the National Audit Office said.

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