Cash-strapped NHS chiefs splurged millions on consultants called in to cut costs

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HEALTH chiefs splurged millions on consultants called in to cut costs.

Over 200 temporary executives were hired for between £500 and £1,500 per day last year, The Sun on Sunday learned.

Cash-strapped NHS chiefs blew millions on financial consultants

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Cash-strapped NHS chiefs blew millions on financial consultantsCredit: London News Pictures

NHS England forked out £18million more on consultants in 2018.

Two West Sussex commissioning groups in Crawley and Horsham paid £1,000 per day.

Crawley CCG and the Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG initially brought in an interim director of financial recovery on a three-month contract at £1,599 per day.

They then hired two other finance chiefs on £1,450 and £1,023 per day over a seven-month period.

And a Gloucs group paid a trainer £6,780 for four days’ work.

Campaigners blasted the shocking sums.

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Harry Fone of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Taxpayers will be scratching their heads at these very generous pay packets.

"At a time when it's vital that health bosses get maximum value for every pound spent, it doesn't make sense to hire costly consultants."

NHS England insisted: “Administrative costs are far lower than in other comparable countries.”

Harry Fone blasted health chiefs, saying 'taxpayers will be scratching their heads at this'

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Harry Fone blasted health chiefs, saying 'taxpayers will be scratching their heads at this'Credit: RAHIL

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