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King’s College Hospital NHS Trust put into special measures

AN NHS Trust whose boss quit in protest at government funding has been put into special measures.

The ex-head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, quit as chairman of the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in south London on Sunday, warning the health service could not continue ‘staggering along’ with current funding.

Yesterday, NHS Improvement moved in, citing ‘serious concerns’ about the deficit.

The quango said the King’s shortfall for 2017-18 was agreed to be £38million but is now set to hit £92million — a rise of £54million.

NHS Improvement boss Ian Dalton said: ‘It is not acceptable for individual organisations to run up such significant deficits when the majority of the sector is working extremely hard to hit their financial plans.’

Lord Kerslake (pictured) told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there was ‘not enough understanding of the scale of the challenge that both King’s and the NHS is currently facing’.