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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 17th December 2015.

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Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Chair, Public Accounts Committee 10:33 am, 17th December 2015

Yesterday, the National Audit Office published its report on the future of acute hospitals, which showed that 181 of the 240 acute hospital trusts have been in deficit since six months into this financial year. In the autumn statement, the Chancellor unveiled extra money for NHS England, but we now know that this is likely to be swallowed up by those deficits. Given that sleight of hand by the Chancellor, will the Leader of the House ensure that either the Chancellor or the Secretary of State for Health comes to the House to explain how the Government are going to ensure that our hospitals do not close?