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NHS: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 525W, on NHS finance, how much of the difference referred to is accounted for by (a) the transfer of impairments to annually managed expenditure and (b) latest forecast technical underspends on non-cash; (184476)

(2) what methodology is used by his Department to establish its Spending Review baseline.

In line with the treatment of all baselines in the comprehensive spending review, the resource baseline for the national health service was set at the level of expected spend excluding exceptional, time limited and one-off items.

As a result, £250 million was transferred from the NHS Departmental Expenditure Limit to NHS Annually Managed Expenditure of funding for impairments. The forecast technical underspend was £560 million.

In addition, the NHS DEL was increased by £60 million to reflect an in-year transfer of funding responsibility from personal social services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much loan interest (a) West Sussex Primary Care Trust and (b) each of the hospital trusts in West Sussex paid back to the NHS in each of the last three years. (186739)

Information on interest paid on loans by primary care trusts is not collected centrally.

The following table sets out the interest paid by national health service trusts in Sussex in 2006-07. Information for earlier years was not collected centrally.

Interest paid on loans by NHS trusts in Sussex, 2006-07

NHS trust

£000

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

39

East Sussex Hospitals

5

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare

68

The Royal West Sussex

29

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals

0

Sussex Partnership

0

Note:

This information was not collected prior to 2006-07.

Source:

Audited summarisation schedules of the NHS trusts 2006-07.