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R. Channing Wheeler

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the value for money of the employment of Mr R Channing Wheeler as Commercial Director in his Department. (256239)

As the Department’s Commercial Director-General, Mr. Channing Wheeler secured the independent sector’s further contribution to the national health service bringing to financial close eight Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) schemes providing extra capacity and greater choice for NHS patients. Mr. Wheeler oversaw the revalidation of ISTC schemes that resulted in nine schemes not going forward where value for money for the taxpayer could not be demonstrated.

Mr. Wheeler also led the Department’s team in renegotiation of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme and continued to take forward the embedding of commercial expertise within the Department and the NHS.