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Health Services: Essex

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the most recent figures are for the financial position of (a) the Mid Essex Hospital Trust and (b) the Mid Essex primary care trust; (145930)

(2) when she expects (a) the Mid Essex Hospital Trust and (b) the Mid Essex primary care trust to reach a break-even financial position.

At quarter four 2006-07 Mid Essex National Health Service Hospital Trust had a provisional outturn deficit of £1.3 million and Mid Essex primary care trust (PCT) had a provisional outturn deficit of £17.8 million.

Although the NHS overall delivered a net surplus of £510 million in 2006-07, we recognise that a small number of organisations continue to face significant financial challenges.

Financial recovery is only possible if clinicians and managers work together to deliver savings, increase efficiency and reduce deficits. Despite financial difficulties, all parts of the NHS are consistently delivering for patients against national priorities.

We have received financial plans for 2007-08 and these are now subject to final validation and sign-off with the NHS. At this stage, Mid Essex PCT is aiming to reach break-even position in this current financial year and Mid Essex NHS Hospital Trust aiming to recover its break-even duty by 2009.