Hammersmith Hospital

Health written question – answered on 26th May 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial position of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

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.

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