Foundation trusts were warned that their spending plans up to 2012 are overly optimistic, by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trusts, in August 2009. The trusts have been asked to also submit a downside forecast, which will give a more realistic projection of future spending growth.
Overall, 115 trusts have forecast a growth in their income of 4.2% in 2009/10, 2.1% in 2010/11 and 1.6% in 2011/12. It is known that NHS funding will increase in the next two years but funding post-2011 has not yet been finalised.
Further reading - An in-depth analysis of the UK pharmaceutical market, including some background information on NHS funding, is available from Espicom: The Pharmaceutical Market: United Kingdom (published June 2009)