£18m wasted try­ing to SAVE cash

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HEALTH bosses draw­ing up plans to close hos­pi­tals to save the NHS cash are splash­ing out mil­lions on man­age­ment con­sul­tants.

At least £17.7mil­lion – equiv­a­lent to 530 nurses’ an­nual salaries – has been paid out to firms in­clud­ing KPMG and PwC since last Jan­uary, fig­ures re­leased un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act show.

The Sus­tain­abil­ity and Trans­for­ma­tion Plans (STPs) were launched last year and aim to cut costs by ‘re­or­gan­is­ing’ ser­vices. They are ex­pected to lead to the clo­sure of dozens of A&Es, ma­ter­nity units and smaller hos­pi­tals in Eng­land.

Dr Mark Porter, of the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, said it was ‘out­ra­geous’ so much was be­ing spent on STPs when the NHS was at ‘break­ing point’ fi­nan­cially. But NHS Eng­land said us­ing out­side help ‘oc­ca­sion­ally makes sense’.

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