Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: NHS Suffolk spent £1.6m on external advisors over three years

10:30 10 December 2012

£1.6m spent of external advisors

£1.6m spent of external advisors

Archant © 2006

THE amount NHS Suffolk spends annually on external consultants and advisors has nearly doubled to more than £1.6million in the space of three years, new figures have revealed.

shares

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley discovered the figures in a House of Commons question to Dr Dan Poulter, junior health minister and also MP for North Ipswich and Central Suffolk.

NHS Suffolk spent £878,000 on consultants in 2009/10 but in 2011/12 that figure had increased to £1,665,000.

Mr Ruffley claims the figures were evidence that too much NHS money is going into bureaucracy and he said he is hopeful that the new health commissioning groups will cut back on consultancy fees.

He said: “I was quite surprised by the figures and it shows that the commissioning groups have got their work cut out. Every pound spent on a consultant is a pound not spent on frontline patient care and we should remember that.

“I don’t know what technical advice they needed, but if it’s general policy advice I would have thought that’s what PCT managers are there for.”

He said it was important to ensure that NHS spending on management does not “get out of whack” and ask tough questions.

A spokesman for NHS Suffolk said much of the spending had been on legal and professional fees related to major projects.

He said: “These figures include the amount NHS Suffolk has spent on legal and property advice, as well as the spend on management consultants. We spent less on management consultants in 2011/12 – a total of £117,000 – the remainder was legal and professional fees.

“We needed sound legal and professional advice to carry out major projects, such as planning for the new Sudbury health facility.

“It is important to note that NHS Suffolk has some of the lowest running costs of any primary care trust in the country and is recognised as having a prudent system of financial management.”

shares

1 comment

  • Yeah so what ! Big deal ! If they did not spend this money and someone died because of it all hell would let loose. Why run these stories if they have no weight

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Monday, December 10, 2012

The new building for Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard. Headteacher, Wayne Lloyd is pictured.

Students beginning the new school year in west Suffolk next Monday will return to a brand new multi-million pound state-of-the-art building.

Fire crews were called to Fraser House in Museum Street, Ipswich after a suspected gas leak was reported

A suspected gas leak forced the evacuation of a two storey building in Ipswich this morning.

Janine Edgar with son Jonty

A mum from Hadleigh is backing a Cancer Research UK campaign asking more people to remember the charity in their wills.

Andrew Renton takes his first public walk at a neuro conference with the help of Headway Physiotherapist Karen Hardy, left, and Acquired Brain Injury Support Worker Chloe Witton, right.

For most of us walking is a luxury too easily taken for granted.

The A12

The A12 has been reopened after being closed by a four-vehicle crash earlier.

Landscape gardener jailed

An “unscrupulous” landscape gardener accused of posting flyers containing misleading information through the doors of several elderly and vulnerable people in the Felixstowe area has been jailed for 10 months.

Grand opening of the new premises for the Stowmarket and Area Foodbank. 
L-R:  Stowmarket Mayor Barry Salmon, Mike Smith and Needham Market Mayor Josephine Lee.

A Suffolk town’s foodbank has officially moved into its own premises.

Artist's impression of the new KFC proposed for Stane Park, Stanway

KFC has been announced as the latest name to sign up for a proposed leisure park in Stanway.

Fire crews were sent to a lorry fire in Stansfield

Firefighters from Wickhambrook and Clare were sent to a lorry fire overnight.

Adele Bellis says her life has been changed forever by the attack

A beautician who lost an ear, was left partially bald and has permanent scarring after being attacked at a Lowestoft bus stop has spoken out.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages