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Row over office plan

PLANS by Solihull Care Trust to redevelop their office space have been slammed as a 'waste of money' by Maggie Throup, Solihull's Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate.

PLANS by Solihull Care Trust to redevelop their office space have been slammed as a 'waste of money' by Maggie Throup, Solihull's Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate.

A board report approved in a meeting on Wednesday, outlined plans to invest £750,000 of the Trust's unspent revenue budget on four new projects.

These include a primary care access centre on the site of Solihull Hospital and a health "hub" in Chelmsley Wood.

The report states these support services will provide greater access to healthcare for patients.

Along with this, the trust plans to extend office space in its Union Road building and create new offices in Mell House at a cost of more than £500,000.

Ms Throup said the total cost would be like, "spending the equivalent of a three-bedroom semi detached house on office refurbishment."

"The way the NHS budget works means that any underspend cannot be carried forward but I feel there are many better ways to spend taxpayers' money," she said.

She argued the revenue budget would be better spent on front line services and plans to meet with Trust bosses to discuss the issue.

"But Jill Ford for the trust, said the new office spaces were necessary to ensure staff could work together to provide "a seamless service between different specialists."

The offices in Union Road would house teams such as district nurses and social workers and the move would "improve services to people in the community".

"Our teams can support people in their homes by coming together quicker and ensuring patients get the support they need," she said.

Jill explained the office space in Mell House would be used to relocate corporate and executive staff, formerly based at Union Road.

 

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