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Primary Care Trusts

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many public responses there were to proposals for primary care trust reorganisation in (a) Trent, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England; (69751)

(2) how many members of the general public attended each primary care trust reorganisation meeting in (a) Trent and (b) South Yorkshire.

The information regarding responses to local consultations on primary care trust reconfiguration and attendance at public meetings is as follows.

PCTs

Trent

South Yorkshire

England

Stakeholder meetings

29

42

830

Public attendance

860

69

11,785

Responses

5,479

200

17,104

Consultation documents

17,000

2,529

121,819

Consultation document download

0

839

22,533

Leaflet drops

0

0

152,300

Petition

7,351

11,271

29,556

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any financial surplus of the Bedford Primary Care Trust will be used to subsidise the financial deficit of the Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust following the implementation of the new configuration of primary care trusts in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement. (72956)

It will be for strategic health authorities and the newly formed primary care trusts to manage, and continue to use, the funding available to them in the best possible way to deliver government targets and make service improvements.

The reconfiguration exercise should not be used locally to move resources from high performing areas to under-performing areas and vice versa. Local managers should be ensuring that the quality of financial management in all organisations is raised to the level of the best.