NHS Finances

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

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 9:30 am, 14th March 2006

The hon. Gentleman has been generous in giving way. Does he share with me the view that, contrary to the contention of David Taylor, the nature of the financial problem is the sheer volatility and uncertainty experienced by trusts? Last year, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust had £26 million of planned and unplanned support; this year, the strategic health authority has put in further support. The authority's own report shows that the forecast deficit deteriorated from £11.9 million for the whole SHA from month nine, the end of December, to £23.5 million at the end of month 10. The situation is deteriorating seriously. The hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire may call it tinkering or trimming, but the reduction of 300 jobs at that trust is serious.