'Don't let hospital charity funds be swallowed up by NHS'
MP this week expressed his concern that hospital charity donations
could soon be regarded as part of general NHS budgets.
During a debate in the House of Commons, David Heathcoat-Amory
drew attention to Burnham Hospital's League of Friends, which
has given £300,000 towards the town hospital's refurbishment
charitable giving would be betrayed if it were regarded as part
of the general NHS budget and used by the Government to make offsetting
reductions in the funding for the NHS trust concerned," said
His comments come amid concern that government rule changes could
mean charitable funds will be accounted for and managed as part
of the general National Health Service budget.
However, Minister of State for the Department of Health Phil Hope
responded during the debate: "I can tell the right honourable
gentleman that that is not the case, and never will be. Charity
trustees will continue to have full responsibility for charitable
funds; they are not, and will not be, part of NHS budgets."
continue to work with the Treasury, Monitor, the Charity Commission
and other stakeholders to seek ways of strengthening the independent
governance of NHS charities."
reported earlier this month
how the latest phase of the hospital's ongoing £740,000
refurbishment is progressing.