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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the (a) financial position and (b) effectiveness of management of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement. (179561)

The financial position of national health service trusts is subject to continual monitoring. According to the quarter two figures, the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is forecasting a £5 million surplus at the end of 2007-08. The cash generated from this surplus will be used to partially re-pay a loan granted to the trust by the Department to cover historic deficits.

The Department performance manages NHS organisations through the strategic health authorities who provide leadership and support to ensure that trusts and primary care trusts operate effectively and deliver improved performance. Working within this performance management regime the Department has not made an assessment of the effectiveness of management of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.