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Mr. Byrne: For national health service patients wishing not to have their data recorded electronically within the NHS care records service (CRS), provision will be made to exercise their rights as provided by section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This requires NHS data controllers to cease processing data, where the processing is causing or is likely to cause substantial damage or distress", where that damage or distress would be unwarranted, the processing is not necessary for compliance with legal obligations and is not necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject.
Procedures to give effect to these rights in respect of records held electronically within the CRS are being developed by the Department, in consultation with organisations representing the interests of patients and health professionals.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a site has been identified for the construction of the new hospital in Maldon, Essex; and what the latest date is on which she expects the hospital to open. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 6 July 2005]: A potential site has been identified, but technical legal issues are delaying the purchase and at present it is not possible to say when it will be completed. A wide range of factors can affect the speed of progress of a new hospital build, but experience from other similarly sized schemes indicated that it will take about 48 months to complete the hospital from when the initial approval in principle to proceed is given. In this case, initial approval cannot be given until the site is in the ownership of the national health service.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the study into the most appropriate organisational form for NHS Direct outlined in the Department's Implementation Framework for Reconfiguring the DH Arm's Length Bodies, published on 30 November 2004, is complete; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: National health service trusts have a responsibility to break even each and every year. It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities (SHAs) to deliver both overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure each and every body achieves financial balance. As long as SHAs can deliver overall financial balance across their organisations, they can agree a plan for individual organisations that phases the recovery of deficits over several years.
Ms Rosie Winterton: National health service trusts do not receive funding as such as services are commissioned by primary care trusts. However, the income figures for Southend hospital NHS Trust are shown in the following table.
Ms Rosie Winterton: It is not possible to provide expenditure on individual constituencies. The expenditure per head on health in South Essex health authority (HA), 199799, and the Essex strategic health authority (SHA), 19992004, geographical areas, of which Southend, West constituency is a part, is shown in the following table.
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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has given (a) the West Suffolk Hospitals Trust and (b) the Suffolk West primary care trust about how to deal with its financial deficit. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
National health service organisations are expected to plan for and achieve financial balance each and every year. Any deficits of
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NHS trusts need to be matched by underspends by other NHS bodies each year. In the next year NHS trusts which overspend should make a surplus in order to ensure that other organisations can utilise the underspends from the previous year.
It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities (SHAs) to deliver both overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure each and every body achieves financial balance. However, there is a degree of flexibility in how this is managed at a local level. In circumstances where a surplus cannot be generated in the following year, SHAs can agree a recovery plan which phases the recovery of deficits over a number of years. This would require other NHS organisations within the health economy to underspend over the same period. Clearly, any such arrangements would have to be subject to the agreement of local providers, commissioners and the managing SHA.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1610W, what the latest available information in her Department is on NHS Trust deficits in (a) 200405 and (b) the current financial year. 
For 200405 and 200506, audited information in respect of the financial position of all strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and NHS trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts. For 200405, this information will be available centrally in autumn 2005. For 200506, it will be available in the following autumn.
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