Former health minister Norman Lamb has said that the Conservatives are leaving the NHS in an impossible position after revelations that NHS trusts overspent by £770m.
Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, said:
"The underlying financial state of the NHS is even worse than these figures suggest, with the real deficit around £2.5bn.
"The level of bail-outs are unsustainable. The financial crisis will have a direct impact on patient care. Most of the additional money has been used to bail out acute hospital trusts.
"The only long-term solution is a dedicated health and social care tax to give the NHS the money it needs. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are proposing a penny on income tax for the NHS and social care to tackle the crisis that is growing worse under this uncaring Conservative government."