NEWS: Guy's building project in trouble. . . HA queries cost of ECR. . . Labour pledge on trusts. . . Bart's in IVF row. . . Secret aid for private hospital

A massive building project launched by prime minister John Major two months ago at Guy's Hospital, London, has run into serious financial problems.The seven-storey£120m development - named after trust chair Sir Philip Harris, who donated£2.5m - is£15m short of funds.A source said that construction work would have to stop next week if Guy's was to avoid running into debt.Plans for the scheme were first drawn up in 1983, when it was costed at£22m.

A health authority has been billed£6,737 for emergency treatment which lasted 59 seconds.

North West Herts HA received the bill for an extracontractual referral at the Royal London trust, which admitted the patient from its outpatient clinic for emergency dermatology treatment.The HA said it had queried the bill and now plans to check routinely the times of all ECRs.

The Labour Party has promised that in its first 100 days of being elected to office it would return trusts to health authority control, prevent further trust applications and set HAs a target date for cutting cancelled operations to less than 5 per cent of bookings.

Managers at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, have rejected a charge that they are breaching the principle of free healthcare by offering patients reduced price in vitro fertilisation treatment at the private Portland Hospital for£800.The offer of early treatment to patients on Bart's waiting list is open only until Christmas.

Confidential details have emerged of huge government backing for the controversial Health Care International private hospital at Clydebank, near Glasgow.Up to£25m of regional selective assurance grants and enterprise zone capital allowances have been provided to the US company, according to records lodged at Companies House.