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Patient Compensation

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to make additional funding available to strategic health authorities to meet the cost of recompensing patients who are found to have been wrongly denied access to NHS continuing care. [118031]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the possible costs to individual (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts of recompensing patients found to have been wrongly denied access to NHS continuing care. [118032]

In their 2002–03 annual accounts, national health service organisations are required to include a provision for expenditure, where it is probable that future payments will be required and a reliable estimate of these payments can be made.The 2002–03 audited annual accounts will be available locally in September and centrally in autumn.