25 Jan 2015
It is categorically not the case that there is a £4 million capital estates and facilities overspend at Broadmoor Hospital as stated in today’s Independent on Sunday, 25 January 2015.
Very early in the financial year the Trust identified a potential overspend of £3.9m on the capital budget for the whole Trust (i.e. not just Broadmoor). As a result of identifying this risk, the Trust acted swiftly to understand and rectify this. We can confirm that we are not forecasting an overspend for this financial year.
The article goes on to inaccurately cite overspends on a number of schemes including £1.5 million on the Lammas Centre, which the Trust was planning to develop into a recovery house to support service users in the community.
The project to build recovery houses in Ealing and the other London boroughs we serve has not been scrapped. For reasons unrelated to finance, the Lammas Centre was judged unsuitable and we are working with Rethink, our third sector partner, and Ealing Council to open a recovery house in Ealing in a different location. This project is well advanced and we hope to open a recovery house in Ealing early in the summer.
The other projects mentioned in the report are the subject of the independent investigation now underway. That investigation is seeking to determine if there were projects that in fact overspent, the scale of any overspends, and whether any of the projects were continued despite being unfunded and/or unauthorised and if so, how that occurred.
We are unable to comment in detail on the investigation while it is on-going. However, we can assure the public that the trust takes its duty to spend taxpayer money on priorities that make a difference to patient care very seriously. The investigation will be full and impartial, and will interview all those involved in the management of the department at that time.
The trust board will take any appropriate actions as recommended in the final report.