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Nhs Funding

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 May, Official Report, columns 657–8W, on eligibility criteria, when he expects to be in a position to estimate (a) the number of people, (b) the estimated costs and (c) the number of continuing care criteria that have been needed to be changed since the publication of the second report of the Health Service Ombudsman, on NHS funding for long-term care of older and disabled people, HC399, ession 2002–03; and what steps he will take to inform honourable Members of these estimates. [112906]

We expect to be in a position to estimate the number of people entitled to receive compensation and the estimated cost of this compensation later this year.All strategic health authorities (SHAs) were asked in August 2002, to agree with local councils one set of criteria for continuing care for each SHA area, in line with the guidance issued by the Department of Health in June 2001. This process was already underway at the time of the publication of the second report of the Health Service Ombudsman.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the operating surplus or deficit was of each NHS hospital trust in the last year for which figures are available. [111539]

The information on operating surplus or deficit for each National Health Service hospital trust in 2001–03, the last year for which figures are available, has been placed in the Library.