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Government spends £1.75m on training CCG leaders

The Government has spent £1.75million so far on assessing and training CCG chair and accountable officer applicants, new figures show.

The size of the selection and training bill for CCG leaders emerged in response to a question from Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley.

New health minister Anna Soubry said the cash had been spent on a total of 493 applicants, which equated to £3,653 on each.

She said: ‘By the beginning of September, 493 accountable officer and chair applicants went through the assessment centre and related development offer at a cost of £1.75 million to the NHS Leadership Academy,’ she said.

Dr David Jenner, a GP in Cullompton, Devon and NHS Alliance lead on GMS and PMS, said: ‘Three and a half grand each will sound a lot to the general public, and times are challenging financially, but I actually don´t think it´s totally excessive.

‘There’s that horrible saying: ‘The fish rots from the head’, so it´s very important to get these two key roles in CCGs right from the start.’