Health Service Finance

Health written question – answered on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute trusts which are in deficit have an operational private finance initiative (PFI) scheme; and in how many such trusts the annual PFI charge is more than a quarter of the deficit.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Quality and Patient Safety), Department of Health

I refer the hon. Member for Great Grimsby to the reply I gave on 3 November 2005, Hansard, column 1347W. All nine national health service trusts reported as having an operational private finance initiative (PFI) scheme have annual unitary charges that are more than a quarter of the deficit.

Unitary payments on a PFI scheme—paid for from a trust's general revenue allocations—include elements for hard and soft facilities management services, financing costs as well as ensuring the availability of the facility.

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