Two acute trusts have been lifted out of financial special measures, as NHS Improvement considers whether to put another 12 organisations in the regime.

Croydon Health Services Trust and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust have today been taken out of the programme.

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‘Most providers have worked hard to improve their finances,’ Jim Mackey said

At the start of 2016-17, Croydon rejected its “control total” and planned for a deficit of £40m. It has since accepted a control total deficit of £25m, which it is forecasting to meet with £7m of sustainability and transformation funding.

Norfolk and Norwich also rejected its control total at the start of the year and planned for a deficit of £31m, but is now forecasting a year-end deficit of £24m.

HSJ has identified the trusts which are forecasting the worst performance against their financial plans. These trusts could be considered as potential candidates for the special measures regime.

As reported last week, discussions will now start with 12 providers about whether they should be placed in financial special measures.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said: “We’re very thankful that most providers have worked hard to improve their finances and deliver quality health and care to their populations over the last nine months.

“We will be working very closely with those providers off plan to bring them as close as possible back to plan this year, potentially through the extension of financial special measures.”

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