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Hospital Debt

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of options to address the problem of historic debt accrued by NHS hospitals. (243648)

As a result of introducing a new loans system in 2006-07, there were 17 NHS trusts where the financial challenges were such that they were designated as ‘financially challenged’.

By the end of 2007-08, 10 were able to demonstrate the ability to produce sufficient surpluses going forward to an extent that they were no longer deemed ‘financially challenged’.

The Department continues to work with the remaining seven to develop solutions.