Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 8th March 2006.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 8th March 2006

Nigel Crisp gave his reasons for standing down in his statement yesterday, but let me say that he was a superb public servant who, in the past few years, has overseen a transformation of the health service. Moreover, we should get the question of deficits in context. The total deficit is less than 1 per cent. of the NHS annual bill, but the most important fact is that 50 per cent. of that deficit is in 6 per cent. of trusts. It is true that there is a substantial financial deficit in the right hon. Gentleman's area—[Interruption.] Yes, but there have also been massive real-terms increases in the amount of money going in—money that he voted against. That is why we have to have proper systems of financial transparency. We are putting in a huge investment, but it is for local hospital organisations to make sure that they balance the books. In fact, the majority of them are doing just that.


Posted on 10 Mar 2006 11:59 am (Report this annotation)

who is going to suffer the most yet again....us who have no voice...we are fed up of being on waiting lists...we are fed up of being put on more and more drugs...no wonder there is no money in the kitty it would seem most of it's wasted on too many managers and the rest goes straight in the pocket of the pharmaceutical companies no wonder there is such a huge deferciet....all we hear from our trusts is there is not enough money...I thought the NHS was supposed to provide a service...unless some more money is put where it is really needed it won't be long before there is no NHS or is that the point?