NHS Finances

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 14th March 2006.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 9:30 am, 14th March 2006

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way yet again. Is not he struggling to make a case for a national funding crisis? We are dealing with perhaps £800 million, which is approximately what the Chancellor of the Exchequer raises from taxation every 12 hours. If a large public service such as the NHS is within 1 per cent. of the framework set for it, it is evidence of a service in neither meltdown nor acute crisis. Some tuning is needed, however, particularly at local level in the quartile of PCTs that have the greater problems.