To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the financial sustainability of Halton Clinical Commissioning Group.
The National Health Service leadership bodies have developed their own plan for delivering financial balance and sustainability for the NHS. We support that plan and through the 2015 Spending Review, the Government committed to a real terms increase of £10 billion in NHS funding by 2020-21, compared to 2014/15. But it is for local leaders in Sustainability and Transformation Partnership areas, working together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, to deliver against their own plans to achieve financial sustainability.
We are keenly aware that local issues exist within the national plan, but as with all public services, local NHS areas need to live within their means. NHS England and NHS Improvement will continue to work with areas to balance their financial plans.