NHS Finance

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she uses to determine when she intervenes in individual funding decisions taken by (a) primary care trusts and (b) other NHS bodies; and what steps she is taking to ensure NHS organisations are informed of these criteria.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

Revenue allocations are made directly to primary care trusts (PCTs) and it is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations.

The Secretary of State would only intervene in funding decisions made at a local level in very exceptional circumstances. There are no pre-determined criteria for intervention; rather it is a matter of judgment and full consideration of the issues in any given situation.

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