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NHS Professionals

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for auditing NHS Professionals. (83745)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage mark-up NHS Professionals adds in each region to the rates charged by private agencies for the supply of each category of temporary staff. (83746)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to change the structure of NHS Professionals. (83747)

The future organisational form of NHS Professionals is yet to be determined. My officials are working with NHS Professionals on its future structure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Professionals is budgeted to break even in its annual running costs. (83748)

The Department is working closely with NHS Professionals to ensure it becomes self-financing from 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the set-up costs of NHS Professionals; and what the annual running costs have been in each year since its establishment. (83749)

The Government initially invested £7 million in the pilot sites of St. Mary’s national health service Trust, Paddington; Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust; West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service; John Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust; East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust; North Bristol NHS Trust in 2001-02 and a further £24 million to roll out operations more widely in 2002-03. NHS Professionals became a special health authority on 1 January 2004 and details of its running costs are available in its annual accounts which are available in the Library.