From a correspondent:
‘So £825 million of South West NHS Trust debt written off. That sounds good.
Wait a minute: the population of the South West is almost exactly 10% of that of the whole of England.
So if the government is handing out £13.4 billion to NHS trusts across the Country, then by rights we should be getting £1.34 billion, over half a billion more than we are getting.
That missing half a billion is almost exactly £100 for every man, woman and child in the South West.
The government has simply transferred money from us to everyone else.
We ALWAYS end up worse off like this.’