Published: 17/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5947 Page 17

The NHS's financial woes were resurrected in the more conservativeleaning sections of the weekend press after, according to the Sunday Telegraph, health minister John Hutton's office placed trusts' data in the Commons library.

Stories headed 'National Debt Service' (Daily Mail) and 'Drip Drip Drip' (Sunday Telegraph) followed last weekend's tales about a cash-starved Great Ormond Street, and HSJ's own exclusive revelation at the beginning of the month that the NHS was forecasting a year-end deficit totalling£341m.

The Daily Mail focused its number-crunching on GOS - children's hospitals are so emotive - claiming its research revealed that eight out of 10 trusts 'are in debt'.

Both demanded to know where all the extra NHS money was going.

However the Sunday Telegraph already had a few ideas, pointing out that the health secretary 'continues to finance a proliferation of 38 bureaucratic quangos at a cost of£500m a year'.