£825m write-off for region’s NHS – not as good a deal as it looks 

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.’