Primary Care Trusts

Health written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to put in place for the future management of former primary care trusts' property portfolios; and what his plans are for the management of that estate in the medium term.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

All existing primary care trust (PCT) property will transfer on 31 March 2013 to either national health service providers or NHS Property Services Ltd. The Department announced in August 2011 that NHS providers would be given the opportunity to acquire ‘service critical clinical infrastructure’. The solution for the remaining estate, a limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health, ‘NHS Property Services Ltd’ (NHS PS), was announced in January 2012.

NHS PS will hold property for use by community and primary care services, cut the costs of administering the estate by consolidating the management of over 150 estates and dispose of property identified by the local NHS as surplus to requirements, in order to return vital funds to frontline NHS services.

While it is a national company, NHS PS will also have a regional management structure, with four regions co-terminus with those of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. At a local level, it is intended to continue with the existing arrangements that PCT clusters currently have in place for the operational management of their estates and facilities, in the immediate to medium term.

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