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Hospital Services

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the financial situation and the consequences for services at Queen Mary's hospital, Sidcup; and if she will make a statement. (117291)

We published the national health service financial performance for the second quarter of 2006-07 on the 9 November 2006. At quarter two, Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup NHS Trust is forecasting a year-end deficit of £5.4 million.

In those NHS organisations with deficits, the targets we have set, for example on waiting times and access to cancer treatment, are being met. The overall quality of services to patients continues to improve. However, we do not underestimate the tough decisions needed by a minority of organisations to restore financial balance.