Consultation response: Health Select Committee NHS deficits inquiry

This paper is a formal response to the Health Select Committee's inquiry on NHS deficits in June 2006, which revealed a gross deficit of £1.277 billion. 

Overall, the figures from the Health Select Committee's inquiry represent not only a deterioration on the outturn position for 2004/5, but a worsening of the gross deficit position compared with the six month end of year forecast by NHS organisations.