Health Services: Devon

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th March 2015.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the final report by PwC on the financial challenge facing the NHS in Devon, which was completed in August 2014.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and NHS England jointly commissioned work to support the 11 local health economies (LHEs) that were identified as being financially challenged, including Devon.

We are advised that consultancy firms (in Devon’s case, Pricewaterhouse Coopers) were not commissioned to produce a report as described in the question, but to support the LHEs with the development and strengthening of their strategic plans.

Work based on this support is ongoing, and a number of steps have to be taken in each of the LHEs. These include the consideration of strategic plans, consultations on possible reforms and the implementation of recommendations flowing from this. It would not be appropriate to release information ahead of these steps.

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