At the end of the financial year, Hammersmith Hospitals National Health Service Trust is reporting a significant financial deficit. Audited information in respect of the 2004–05 financial position of all strategic health authorities (SHAs), primary care trusts (PCTs) and NHS trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts and will be available centrally in autumn 2005. We have no plans to publish un-audited information.
NHS bodies must operate within their means and I understand North West London SHA are working closely with Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and local PCT to find a solution. They are developing a recovery plan, the details of which are currently under discussion. As yet, there are no measures in the plan which will have a direct impact on patient services.