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NHS Appointments Service

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department incurred on the NHS Appointments Service in the last 12 months; and how many people were employed by the service at the latest date for which figures are available. (277782)

In 2008-09, the Department provided the Appointments Commission with £4,228,000 (including capital funding), for which the Commission made 825 public appointments, provided an induction programme for appointees, ensured systems were in place to appraise the performance of public appointees, provided training and development opportunities and updated the Commission’s information and communication technology.

During the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009, an average of 52 whole time equivalent staff were employed at the Appointments Commission.