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Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when each organisation within Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority was informed that it would have to contribute towards cost improvements; what discussions took place; and who decided the contribution each organisation would make; (76089)

(2) when each organisation within Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority is expected to have made its full contribution towards cost improvements in identifying cuts in pension to the full value of its contribution;

(3) what negotiations have taken place on the use of the primary care trust and NHS trust pool of savings in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority; and what appeal mechanism exists against the amounts recommended.

The role of the Department is to ensure that strategic health authorities comply with the operating framework guidance published on 26 January 2006. It is for individual strategic health authorities to agree with their local health economy the details of the cost improvements required for that local health economy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what directions she has given to (a) the Gloucestershire, Avon and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, (b) the primary care trusts in Gloucestershire and (c) the Hospital Trust in Gloucestershire on the requirement for those organisations to balance their annual budgets during the 2006-07 financial year; and if she will make a statement. (74262)

The Department has issued the following guidance to the NHS:

“The NHS in England: the Operating Framework for 2006-07” was published 26 January 2006;

Duncan Selbie's letter of 6 February 2006, “Implementing the Operating Framework for 2006-07”, and

Ian Carruthers' letter of 10 May 2006, “The Operating Framework for 2006-07”.

Departmental officials are working with transitional strategic health authority leads to finalise the 2006-07 financial plans.