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NHS Finances

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the level of NHS trust deficits in areas with greater than average deprivation; and what steps she is taking to reduce differences in the level of deficits between areas of above and below average deprivation; (80946)

(2) what assessment she has made of the level of NHS trust deficits in (a) rural and (b) urban areas; and what steps she is taking to reduce the difference between the level of deficits in each type of area.

Our analysis of the 2005-06 financial positions of national health service organisations has shown that there is no strong relationship between financial performance and any single factor, including the level of deprivation and the extent to which areas are urban or rural.

A full report on 2005-06 NHS financial performance is available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the values were of purchases of health care from non-NHS providers by (a) Rochdale, (b) Bury, (c) North Manchester and (d) Oldham primary care trust in each year since 2001. (83040)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Primary care trusts—total purchase of health care from non-national health service bodies

£000

PCT Name

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Rochdale

n/a

n/a

9,081

5,422

5,166

Bury

n/a

n/a

214

287

5,913

North Manchester

615

1,999

31

6,001

1,472

Oldham

n/a

n/a

11,660

11,988

11,652

Source:

Annual financial returns of the named primary care trusts.