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NHS Financial Performance

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of acute hospital finances; and if she will make a statement. (95976)

As announced to the House on the 11 August, the Department published the NHS financial performance for the first quarter of 2006-07.

Acute NHS trusts forecast a net deficit of £395 million.

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of NHS financial performance in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. (95977)

The number of organisations reporting deficits at the end of the first quarter of 2006-07 has fallen to 120, down from 179 from the 2005-06 final audited position.

It is recognised that in a small number of organisations financial management and governance needs to improve. We need to rectify this through a combination of turnaround support and robust processes for board appointments.

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the financial position of the NHS; and if she will make a statement. (95978)

The financial position reported by the NHS at the end of the first quarter of 2006-07 shows that the NHS as a whole is broadly on track to deliver net financial balance by the end of the current financial year and continues to perform well against key service targets.

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on NHS financial performance in 2006-07. (95983)

As announced to the House on the 11 August, the Department published the NHS financial performance for the first quarter of 2006-07.

By publishing NHS financial data on a quarterly basis, we are being more open and transparent about NHS accounts than ever before.

We will be announcing the next quarter performance figures in November.