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Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the final financial position of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust will be for financial year 2005-06; and what assessment she has made of the implications of this for the (a) patient services and (b) health economy in Cornwall. (75013)

I am advised that South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority has commissioned an independent review to work with the trust to understand the size and causes of the deficit. This work is due to be concluded in early June and the report being presented to the public trust board meeting on 13 June.

The trust is part of the national National Health Service turnaround programme for organisations experiencing financial difficulty. The results of the independent review will be incorporated into a turnaround plan. This plan will also make clear what the implications of turnaround will be on local services and the health economy in Cornwall.