Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Controversy on NHS Cash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Controversy on NHS Cash

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Claims that people are losing faith in the way National Health Service funds are allocated are well founded. People are losing faith in the way public services are organised and the NHS is no different.

The latest row involves South Durham Hospital Trust retaining its three star rating - and the extra pounds 1m that went with it - after former Health Secretary Alan Milburn questioned its original rating.

The trust serves the Prime Minister's constituency.

Political allies rallied to Mr Milburn's defence yesterday insisting he had done nothing wrong.

Peter Hain, leader of the Commons, helpfully pointed out that "there is a very important distinction between asking a question and seeking to issue an instruction. What the former Secretary of State did was ask questions about a number of hospital trusts " as a result there were fluctuations. Some went up, some went down."

Mr Hain failed to point out that - sometimes - simply asking the question is enough, depending on your position in life. …

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