It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local national health service trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services.
Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust has been tasked, by NHS East of England, to carry out a review of the ‘Investing In Your Health’ strategy looking at east and north and west Hertfordshire. In particular whether the current configuration plans are financially sustainable and, if not, the degree of change that would be required.
The West Hertfordshire NHS Trust capital investment scheme is one of those included in the private finance initiative reappraisal exercise which the Government announced in January 2006. Decisions have already been announced on a number of the schemes involved in the reappraisal; that concerning west Hertfordshire will be made in due course and will of course have to take into account the factors mentioned above.