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NHS: Finance

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Programme Budgeting Atlases, referred to at andguidance/Organisationpolicy/Financeandplanning/Programmebudgeting/DH_075743 are available only to NHSnet users; and if he will place the atlases on a publicly accessible website. (156807)

The Programme Budgeting Atlases are only available to NHSnet users to ensure compliance with the National Statistics Code of Practice and the Protocol on Data Access and Confidentiality. This is to ensure that information that could potentially identify an individual is not disclosed to the general public.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the long-term plans for the 17 NHS trusts referred to in his Department's report NHS financial performance quarter four, published on 6 June 2007, as unable to service and repay loans over an acceptable period. (159944)

Departmental officials have worked in partnership with strategic health authorities (SHAs) on a review process to identify long-term solutions for these 17 trusts. The results of this recently completed review process are now being discussed with the SHAs and solutions are being prepared in the context of the Operating Framework for 2008-09.