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Kettering General Hospital

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will visit Kettering General Hospital to discuss local NHS funding. (115517)

There are no immediate plans by the Secretary of State to visit Kettering General hospital.

Funding is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) who are responsible for commissioning appropriate services to meet the health needs of their local populations.

Funding for the former Northamptonshire Heartlands PCT increased by over 31 per cent. (£63 million) in the three years from 2003-04 to 2005-06. The new Northamptonshire Teaching PCT which was formed on 1 October 2006 will receive £139 million in the two years from 2006-07 to 2007-08.

When the PCT allocations for 2006-07 and 2007-08 were made, Northamptonshire Heartlands PCT, which has since been merged to form the Northamptonshire Teaching PCT, received an increase of 29.4 per cent, over these two years compared to a national average increase of 19.5 per cent, and the fifth highest increase of any PCT.