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Clinical commissioners have raised concern about a “top slice” to their budgets to fund a shortfall in the earnings of the new national NHS property company.
The Department of Health has announced it will fund any income shortfalls of its newly created NHS property company, in a move widely interpreted as aiming to assure private sector investors about their assets.
The new NHS property company is likely to charge clinical commissioning groups for any assets it takes ownership of whose costs are not fully met by rents or service charges.
One of the biggest private sector lenders to NHS infrastructure projects is in discussions with the Department of Health over fears its investments are threatened by the abolition of primary care trusts, HSJ has learned.
The Department of Health has drafted in KPMG to assess the tax implications of setting up the government-owned company due to inherit NHS property assets with an estimated value of £5bn, amid fears it faces higher bills.
The Department of Health has recruited nine directors to the independent property company it is setting up to manage NHS estate, all of whom are currently working in the NHS.
Department of Health plans to create an independent property company to take over primary care trusts’ estate are likely to have a “considerable destabilising effect on local health economies”, social enterprises have claimed.
Financial constraints on the NHS could lead to doctors operating on patients with outdated equipment, surgeons have warned.
One of the NHS’s most prestigious foundation trusts is spearheading a joint venture to drive down PFI costs.
The new NHS property company will have 2,500 staff and a portfolio of “several thousand” properties with a total value of around £5bn, HSJ has learned.
NHS organisations plan to place surplus land equivalent to 350 Trafalgar Squares on the market for housing development in the next few years, latest figures from the Department of Health reveal.
Clinical commissioning groups are opting to host support functions in-house rather than outsource to “unproven” commissioning support services.
Hundreds of patients currently sent abroad for a cancer treatment will soon be able to get it at home, the government has announced.
Virgin Care has signed a £500m community services contract with NHS Surrey under an arrangement which will see staff employed by a social enterprise.
“Onerous” terms are being imposed on foundation trusts looking to take ownership of the community service estate, according to the latest proposals.
The new NHS property company is set to take over a core portfolio worth at least £1.7bn, HSJ can disclose.
The NHS Commissioning Board is expected to take ownership of the public stakes in many buildings built under a public-private partnership scheme, HSJ has learnt.
The price of drugs is falling more steeply in the UK than the rest of Europe, it has been claimed.
The amount of underused space in the NHS estate has dropped by more than a third over the past three years, according to a report by a leading property consultancy.
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