HC Deb 13 July 1999 vol 335 c150W
Mr. Burns

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make additional funding available in this financial year to Essex Health Authority to enable Mid-Essex Hospital Trust to reduce in-patient and out-patient waiting lists to below what they were on 31 March 1997. [91046]

Mr. Denham

Additional funding of £4.23 million has been made available to North Essex Health Authority in 1999–2000 from the modernisation fund to help address waiting lists in the trusts in the health authority's area, including the Mid-Essex Hospital Services National Health Service Trust.

Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is committed to playing its part and making a contribution to the Government's objective of reducing long out-patients' waits and the health authority's overall waiting list figures.