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NHS: Finance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the budget of each London (a) health authority and (b) foundation trust is expected to be top-sliced to fund debt in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. (258262)

The boards of all 31 primary care trusts (PCTs) in London have agreed in principle to support NHS London’s medium term financial strategy, to address long term deficits within some national health service organisations in London. All PCTs, with the exception of those repaying historical deficits, will be contributing on average 0.8 per cent. of their resource baseline in 2009-10 and 0.75 per cent. in 2010-11 as part of the plan.

This is in line with the 2009-10 operating framework which states that strategic health authorities (SHAs) may determine and agree arrangements locally with their PCTs for the transfer and lodging of resources with the SHA, provided this is within the overall limits of the SHA planned surplus. SHAs will be accountable for the management of this flexibility.

London NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts will not be contributing any of their income towards NHS London’s medium term financial plan.