Health Committee

27 April 2006
Session 2005-06 New Inquiry - NHS Deficits

27 April 2006
Session 2005-06 New Inquiry - NHS Deficits

Terms of reference

The Health Committee has decided to undertake a major inquiry into NHS Deficits with the following terms of reference:

The size of the deficits and the savings which each trust has to make in 2006-07

The reasons for the deficits, including:

€ whether the causes are systemic or local (eg. the role of poor local management and poor central management, the effect of pay awards and Government policy decisions);

€ the findings of the 'turn-around' teams, whether these findings are right and whether the turn-around teams have provided value for money; and

€ the relationship between the funding formula, the allocation of funds to trusts and the size of their deficits or surpluses.

The consequences of the deficits, including:

€ the effect on care

€ the number of job losses

€ the effects of 'top-slicing', in the current and future years

The period over which balance should be achieved

Organisations and individuals wishing to submit a short memorandum are invited to do so. Evidence received by Tuesday 6 June 2006 will be considered for publication before oral evidence sessions begin. Memoranda need not address all of the issues outlined above. The Committee requests that evidence should be concise and in the form of a self-contained memorandum, prepared according to the terms of reference given above and preferably submitted electronically to healthcommem@parliament.uk . Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. Attention is drawn to the guidance on the submission of evidence which can be found at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm .

The Committee is likely to hold 2 evidence sessions before the end of July and subsequent sessions in the autumn once the audited accounts of trusts for 2005-06 are available.

Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.