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NHS: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the outcome of her policy to ensure that overspending NHS organisations achieve run-rate balance in March 2007 by (a) health economy and (b) individual NHS organisations; and whether she monitors the monthly income and expenditure of NHS organisations forecasting deficits in 2006-07. (123130)

In 2006-07, one of the Secretary of State’s key financial objectives was to achieve recurrent monthly run rate balance across as many national health service organisations as possible by 31 March. We will assess progress against this target for individual organisations and the NHS as a whole at the end of the year. The income and expenditure of all NHS organisations are monitored on a monthly basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts she expects to be in financial deficit at the end of the 2006-07 financial year. (124405)

The report “NHS Financial Performance Quarter Three 2006-07”, published on 20 February contains details of the forecast financial outturn position for all NHS organisations. Copies of the report are available in the Library. Final accounts for each national health service organisation will be published in the autumn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons her Department produced the NHS investment maps published on 27 February; when her Department was instructed to produce these maps; who in her Department asked for the maps to be produced; and what the overall cost to the public purse was of producing the maps. (124927)

The maps were commissioned by Ministers on 14 February, to convert existing data about the hospital and primary care buildings programme into a more accessible format for the NHS and the public.

The overall cost was £3,200, including set-up costs, which will enable the Department to re-use the templates for different data sets and for a number of different communications vehicles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish (a) primary care trust allocations for 2008-09 and (b) its final report on its review of the weighted capitation formula; what major milestones exist as part of her Department's review of the weighted capitation formula; and if she will make a statement. (124935)

The date for the announcement of revenue allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) post 2007-08 has not yet been determined.

The Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) is reviewing elements of the weighted capitation formula, as is usual before a new round of allocations. ACRA will be making recommendations on changes to the weighted capitation formula to Ministers in the autumn of 2007, in time to inform allocations for 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date strategic health authorities are required to submit 2006-07 month 12 financial performance data for their entire health economies to her Department. (124936)

Strategic health authorities will send the Department month 12 provisional outturn forecast positions for their organisations on 11 May 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts received funding below the national capitation formula in 2006-07; and by what total amount. (126917)

In 2006-07, 175 primary care trusts received funding below their weighted capitation targets. This represented £1.1 billion in cash terms.