The Department of Health has been forced to give more than £500m to hospitals who are struggling to keep afloat during the last two years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Mirror report:

Ministers have spent £543million in the past two years to rescue hospitals struggling to keep afloat because of the Government’s NHS cuts and reforms.

Figures obtained by the Daily Mirror reveal dozens of hospital trusts in England have had to be bailed out with emergency funding.

Since 2011, 13 trusts have received £299million from the Department of Health because they ran into serious financial difficulties.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.