Home page
Newsletter Site Map Advanced Search
Win a pair of return flights to Tenerife
  • Win a pair of return flights to Tenerife
Win tickets to London Zoo
  • Win tickets to London Zoo
Superman Returns (12A)
  • Superman Returns (12A)
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (12A)
  • Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (12A)
NHS debt could mean loss of services

SOME health services in could be sacrificed in order to repay a long-standing debt that has plagued the NHS system in Hertfordshire for "years", a spokesman admitted this week.

The £50 million was borrowed over a number of years from various NHS sources but NHS Hertfordshire was last year ordered to repay the money.

An agreement was reached with the NHS Bank that it would provide the Beds and Herts Strategic Health Authority (SHA) with the first £25 million this year and the rest the following year.

But the NHS Bank has since declined to stump up the rest of the money prompting anger from Hertfordshire's PCT's and hospital trusts.

A spokesman for and Harpenden Primary Care Trust said an understanding had been reached between the NHS Bank and the SHA that the money would be forthcoming.

He added: "We were led to believe that if certain criteria were met then the bank would provide the money and, frankly, we think we have met those criteria.

"To be told in the way we were that the money will now not be arriving is disappointing to say the least.

"There are several options which we are looking at. One is carrying on regardless and another is a reduction in services but obviously neither of those are preferable."

The spokesman was unable to specify what services might face the axe.

Head of communications at the PCT, Wendy Lloyd, said a £400,000 underspend that the PCT achieved last year would have to be frozen.

She added: "The same is true of all the PCTs and trusts across Hertfordshire. It's disappointing because here in we were hoping the money could have been used to provide some additional services."

PCT finance director Alan Pond said: "At this early stage a plan is still to be developed to deal with this but the eventual plan is likely to result in less capital funding being available and under spends from 2002/3 being frozen."

Ms Lloyd added: "We are determined not to reduce any services. Meetings are taking place at all levels including at the Department of Health with a view to exploring other avenues of funding.

"Hopefully, this can be resolved successfully but certainly one of the results of this may well be that there is less capital money available for modernisation."

4:43pm Friday 20th June 2003

Print   Send
More Stories By This Author
Read the de Menezes statements in full here
Parents devastated by son's murder in US
Rethink call over airports
Also by this author ...
Place an ad online
from more than half a million Jobs, Homes & Cars locally, regionally, and across the UK
Powered by Powered by Fish4
Hot Jobs
Insulation Installer
Baring Insulation Ltd INSULATION INSTALLER Required ...
Weekday Sales Assistant
Partners Pet Supermarkets have the following permanent ...
Self Employed Collectors
A Leading Debt Recovery Company Requires SELF ...
Privacy Policy © Copyright 2001-2006
Newsquest Media Group
A Gannett Company
This site is part of Newsquest's audited