FINANCE: The unsustainable provider regime bill at South London Healthcare Trust has hit £5m, according to a health minister.

In answer to a question from Lewisham MP Jim Dowd about the cost of the procedure, Anna Soubry said: “To date, the budget that has been agreed by the Department of Health for the trust special administrator (TSA) to operate the unsustainable NHS providers regime at [the trust] is £4 million.

“An additional £1 million has recently been agreed. The total budget comprises: £1 million paid to fund the office of the TSA, including personnel to support the TSA on communications and engagement, strategy and clinical leadership; £3 million for consultancy spend, of which £2 million has been paid to McKinsey as lead-contractor, with Deloitte and PA Consulting Group as sub-contractors. They are engaged in detailed strategic, financial and programme management support work for the TSA; and £1 million set aside for contingency purposes.”