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Health Service Finance

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 March 2003, Official Report, column 1210W, on health service finance, what the deficit was for each NHS trust in England at the beginning of the current financial year; and what his most recent estimate is of the deficit of each of the trusts by the end of the financial year. [102989]

At the beginning of the current financial year, all national health service trusts planned a breakeven or better position, except Royal United Bath NHS trust (£15 million deficit) and United Bristol Healthcare NHS trust (£9.4 million deficit).

The audited information in respect of the 2002–03 financial performance of all NHS trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts. The audited information will be available centrally in autumn 2003. We have no plans to publish national, in year, unaudited financial information. These figures are considered to be exempt under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.