£200,000 health HQ revamp questioned

Swindon Advertiser: Dr Steve Rowlands, of Wiltshire CCG Dr Steve Rowlands, of Wiltshire CCG

DOCTORS who are taking over responsibility of the NHS budget in Wiltshire have justified spending up to £200,000 on refurbishing their headquarters.

The GP led Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group replaces NHS Wiltshire on March 31 under the Government’s health reforms.

The CCG is going to be based at Southgate House in Pans Lane, Devizes, currently the headquarters of NHS Wiltshire and an NHS building since 1994.

Another new NHS organisation, the Central Southern Commissioning Support Service, will be based at Southgate House.

Over the last few weeks Southgate House has been redecorated with new carpets, repainted walls, a revamped reception area and new security doors.

An NHS Wiltshire employee said staff in Southgate House were surprised at the redecoration work.

“As the PCT we knew that if we spent any money on redecoration we would be likely to be criticised for it because it’s public money,” the employee said.

“The offices in Southgate House were shabby, they were no lap of luxury. You wouldn’t think twice about redecorating if you were in the private sector, but our priority was always on spending the money in the right areas and paying off the massive debt we inherited.”

Dr Steve Rowlands, the chairman of Wiltshire CCG and medical director of NHS Wiltshire, said Southgate House has not been decorated or refurbished since 1994.

He said new doors and security system would allow good wheelchair access.

Dr Rowlands, who is a GP at the Bradford Road Surgery in Trowbridge, said: “The current Primary Care Trust on behalf of the future tenants of the building decided to undertake the essential work using spare PCT resource in advance of the demise of the old organisation.

“The decision was taken that while the building was being reconfigured to provide suitable working space for these organisations, the opportunity would also be taken to refurbish the entire building.

“A maximum of £200,000 was allocated for the decorating of the entire building. With 29,000sq ft this is the equivalent of £6.90 a square metre. This money wasallocated by the PCT to be used on building maintenance.”

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7:19pm Wed 20 Mar 13

nigelej says...

Not to many organisations Can come up with £200.000 spare .To spend on refurbishment . This is an interesting start to the GPS looking after the NHs . It not the best start I'm all right Jack I've got a nice place to work in .Thats probably 7 nurses wages for the year. Will watch with caution how this pans out .
Not to many organisations Can come up with £200.000 spare .To spend on refurbishment . This is an interesting start to the GPS looking after the NHs . It not the best start I'm all right Jack I've got a nice place to work in .Thats probably 7 nurses wages for the year. Will watch with caution how this pans out . nigelej

7:34pm Wed 20 Mar 13

davel4848 says...

Almost unbelievable !!!!!!!
Almost unbelievable !!!!!!! davel4848

2:17pm Thu 21 Mar 13

candid friend says...

This is just another excuse for wild spending.
How soon before some of the GP's involved with this new Quango start hiving off bits of the NHS to companies that they control?
There have been reports in the press of doctors making millions from hived off emergency services.
This whole affair is a total waste of time and money.
The Liberals should be ashamed to have let such a monstrous re-organisation get through Parliament.
This is just another excuse for wild spending. How soon before some of the GP's involved with this new Quango start hiving off bits of the NHS to companies that they control? There have been reports in the press of doctors making millions from hived off emergency services. This whole affair is a total waste of time and money. The Liberals should be ashamed to have let such a monstrous re-organisation get through Parliament. candid friend

3:49pm Thu 21 Mar 13

nigelej says...

I totally agree candid friend the liberals should be ashamed . Infact I think they should hold there heads down in shame over lots of things sence they have been in power with the conservatives. Can't see them getting to many seats in the next election. Any one in the medical proffesion that I have spoken to are very worried about these changes.Another thing I find odd is the Goverment was very proud to say your gp knows what's best for you the patient. Yet they pay millions for disabled people to be put through medical tests from a company from France who have never Seen you or know anything about you . It's a complete scandal .So when you read articles like this it really makes us worry.
I totally agree candid friend the liberals should be ashamed . Infact I think they should hold there heads down in shame over lots of things sence they have been in power with the conservatives. Can't see them getting to many seats in the next election. Any one in the medical proffesion that I have spoken to are very worried about these changes.Another thing I find odd is the Goverment was very proud to say your gp knows what's best for you the patient. Yet they pay millions for disabled people to be put through medical tests from a company from France who have never Seen you or know anything about you . It's a complete scandal .So when you read articles like this it really makes us worry. nigelej

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