We are informed by the chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) that in 2008-09 (the latest 12 month period for which audited data are available) the total income received by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust from treating private patients was £1.82 million, which is calculated to 1.04 per cent. against its Private Patient Income Cap of 1.6 per cent.
The Department has been notified of two instances where payments were made by national health service bodies to support NHS organisations or related charities affected by the Icelandic banking collapse.
Firstly, the North West Strategic Health Authority forewent £6.5 million of its own capital funding in order to provide support to the Christie Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cancer services development programme, after the trust lost a significant proportion of its investment funds following the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander.
Secondly, the nine primary care trusts from the South Central Strategic Health Authority have made a total of £1.5 million available to the Naomi House Children’s Hospice Charity after it also lost deposits held in Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander.
The Department is not aware of any other similar instances where payments have been made.