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Turnaround Programme

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the total spent on the turnaround programme at national and strategic health authority (SHA) level is divided between (a) local baseline assessments, (b) a national programme office, (c) one-off local support payments and (d) SHA turnaround directors. (102683)

The spend on the turnaround programme is shown as follows:

Baseline assessment phase one—£1,493,500 (excluding VAT and expenses)

Baseline assessment phase two—£1,092,400 (excluding VAT and expenses)

National programme office—average cost of £177,000 per month since February 2006 (excluding VAT and expenses)

Following the baseline assessment of some of the most financially challenged organisations, 98 were identified and categorised 1 to 4, with category 1 being an immediate priority—urgent intervention required to drive turnaround. The Department contributed £93,000 towards the cost of support in these 26 organisations; and

Strategic health authority turnaround directors—average cost of £390,000 per month since February 2006 (excluding VAT and expenses).