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Medical Centre (Festival Park, North Staffordshire)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received concerning the decision not to proceed with the proposed out-of-hours medical centre at Festival Park, North Staffordshire; what costs the NHS incurred in relation to the plans; and whether a procedure for not proceeding was included in the contract with Prima 200 Ltd. (75021)

To date the Department has received one letter about the decision not to proceed with the proposed out-of-hours medical centre at Festival Park.

It is for the local health community to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services.

The Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) reports that the national health service has incurred abortive costs of £650,000 in the financial year 2005-06 for the out-of-hours scheme.

The SHA also reports that the strategic partnering agreement with Prima 200 Limited (Ltd) includes clauses on what happens if a project does not go ahead. Negotiations with Prima 200 Ltd took place within the terms of this agreement.