NHS Funding

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each (a) NHS region, (b) health authority and (c) NHS trust for each quarter of 2002–03 the (i) monetary value of approvals to use (A) capital and (B) revenue for capital purposes, (ii) number of approvals and (iii) total capital allocation.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

holding answer 3 February 2004

The allocation of capital resources available for hospital and community health services for 2002–03 is contained in HSC 2001/027. This shows that £85.6 million was set aside for central budgets (to be distributed by the Department of Health); none was distributed directly to health authorities and the table below shows the allocations to regions for 2002–03.

2002–03 regional capitalplanning totals General allocations Renal services Fallon Enquiry Total
Northern and Yorkshire 183,112 1,171 184,283
Trent 139,351 902 3,000 143,253
Eastern 140,142 898 141,040
London 279,262 1,442 3,000 283,704
South East 231,867 1,489 233,356
South West 132,332 841 133,173
West Midlands 157,661 1,010 158,671
North West 198,273 1,248 3,000 202,521
Total 1,462,000 9,000 9,000 1,480,000

The allocations for renal services and the Fallon Enquiry were earmarked for specific initiatives. The general allocations in column two contained an element for the Local Capital Modernisation Fund (£110 million) initiative but the remaining £1.352 billion was available to regional offices to fund block and discretionary capital projects at individual trusts. It was for regions to agree individual capital projects with their local trusts and distribute the funding accordingly. To gather this information would involve disproportionate cost.

Under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts new serviced assets are paid for by annual payments from revenue allocations. This is the use of revenue for capital purposes. The major PFI schemes which were approved (which signed contracts) during the financial year 2002–03 and for which records are held centrally on the unitary payment which becomes payable when the scheme is fully operational are listed in the table.

NHS trust Region Date of approval Unitary payment(£ million)
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust South West 1 May 2002 21,267
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust West Midlands 27 November 2002 50,211

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