HC Deb 08 June 2004 vol 422 c357W
17. Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funds available to NHS trusts in East Sussex. [177301]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Between 2003–04 and 2005–06, the seven primary care trusts across Sussex will receive increases of £280 million. PCTs, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services.

23. Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the financial situation of NHS trusts in Cornwall and Scilly. [177307]

Ms Rosie Winterton

In line with the Government's policy of shifting the balance of power, the responsibility for the performance and financial management of NHS Trusts rests with Strategic Health Authorities. The latest financial returns submitted by the South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority forecasts an overall end of year deficit of £14 million for all organisations within the South West Peninsula health economy. The Strategic Health Authority is working closely with the NHS organisations in Cornwall in order to achieve financial recovery, while ensuring that the local health community continues to achieve its key targets.

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