Published: 01/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5984 Page 18

Neil Goodwin, chief executive, Greater Manchester strategic health authority

Your article about SHA deficits (news, page 5, 17 November) is misleading about Greater Manchester SHA's financial position because it is based only on two local trusts in deficit, and not those in surplus.

The£57m 'support' referred to is being generated internally by the SHA for redistribution to organisations across Greater Manchester.

The bottom line is that based on month 6 performance we are forecasting a£5m surplus for GM as a whole.