Hospitals: North East

Health written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 10 September 2013, Official Report, columns 45-8WS, on NHS winter planning, for what reasons he did not allocate any additional resources to hospitals in the North East of England.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Decisions on which of the 53 high risk trusts to concentrate the resources for the upcoming winter were made by NHS England, jointly with Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Funding is being targeted in those areas that have been struggling to manage the increase in attendances at accident and emergency (A&E) in recent months. The fact that hospitals in the north-east are not to receive any additional money is a sign that they are performing well in delivering their A&E services. Nonetheless we are not complacent; each of the 143 urgent care boards have presented specific plans for initiatives to alleviate pressures on local A&E departments, and NHS England, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority will be working with hospitals across the whole country to ensure that emergency services are ready for winter.

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