Published: 08/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5985 Page 5

'Turnaround teams' will next week descend on trusts to pinpoint the reasons for their financial problems and find ways to halt a slide into the red.

The teams will be run by one of the big four accountancy firms.

They will 'check basic controls are in place and check the robustness of recovery plans - in other words put their feet 'close to the fire', ' the DoH said.

The teams will work with the 52 trusts for 18 months in order for them to hit financial balance by 2006-07.