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NHS: Essex

Health written question – answered on 26th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the debt of each NHS trust in Essex is.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on the total amount owed by national health service trusts in Essex in respect of bank overdrafts, current and long-term loans, obligations under finance leases and private finance initiative (PFI) arrangements, is shown in the following table.

NHS trust Debt as at 31 March 2008-09 (£000)
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust 8,040
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 8,208
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust(1) -
(1) Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust became a foundation trust on 1 May 2008, consequently any debt held by the trust will be reported in the accounts of the new foundation trust.


'Debt' can be interpreted in a number of ways in relation to the finances of NHS trusts. We have interpreted 'debt' to mean the total amount reported by each NHS trust in their balance sheet in respect of bank overdrafts, loans, finance leases and PFI arrangements. These are the items most readily identified with the term 'debt' in accounting terminology.


NHS Trust audited summarisation schedules 2008-09.

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