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NHS Audited Accounts (2005-06)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

My Department has today published the audited figures for the NHS for the financial year 2005-06. These show that the NHS recorded a deficit in 2005-06 of £547 million.

At the time of publication, the final figures for one trust, Whipps Cross Hospital NHS Trust, have not been agreed with auditors. However, London strategic health authority has confirmed to me that it does not expect the final figures from this trust materially to affect the national position.

My Department’s report on NHS finances at quarter one of 2006-07, indicates that the NHS is on track to achieve our aim of net financial balance by the end of the current financial year.

Audited figures by organisation for each strategic health authority have been placed in the Library and will be published today on the Department’s website at Guidance/Publications PolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=413 9550&a mp;chk=MbVP%2BG