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Canary Wharf Walk-in Centre

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total value is of the contract awarded to Atos Origin to run the NHS walk-in centre at Canary Wharf; and what the cost is in each of the five years of the contract; (82638)

(2) whether the value of the contract for the walk-in centre at Canary Wharf changes according to throughput; whether it is (a) a fixed price block contract, (b) a cost and volume contract and (c) a payment by results contract with a fixed sum per case seen;

The value of the contract depends on use of the service as the contract price is a combination of fixed cost elements and a price per patient. The total value of the contract is commercial in confidence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Tower Hamlets primary care trust will have to fund the contract for the walk-in centre at Canary Wharf. (82639)

This national health service walk-in centre is intended to provide services for commuters and local people. It is now funded centrally by the Department and our intention is that, in time, it should be funded locally, with costs shared between the primary care trusts whose patients use it. That is not possible yet and we have guaranteed central funding for at least three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been seen in each week since the walk-in centre at Canary Wharf was opened; and how many of those seen were (a) Tower Hamlets residents and (b) those who commute into the area to work. (82641)

Information on the weekly number of episodes of care provided at the Canary Wharf national health service walk-in centre is shown in the following table.

Week commencing

Episodes of care

2006

17 April

6

24 April

69

1 May

97

8 May

171

15 May

173

22 May

184

29 May

177

5 June

250

12 June

272

19 June

316

26 June

272

Notes: 1. The Canary Wharf walk-in centre commenced services on 21 April 2006. 2. Data for April and May, the latest available, indicates that 58 per cent. of the people using the service are local to the area of Tower Hamlets primary care trust.