TaxPayers’ Alliance accuses NHS of wasting millions

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has accused the NHS of “wasting” over £46m last year.

Using Freedom of Information (FOI) requests submitted to every NHS organisation in the UK, the TPA says that it found that the NHS “squandered” over £46 million last year on 1,129 “unnecessary” jobs in areas such as public relations, the EU and “green” staff. They say that the money spent on these positions in could have paid for 1,662 full time nurses. Some trusts did not respond to the TPA’s requests for information. 

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers expect the health budget to be spent on real doctors, not spin doctors. The NHS employs far too many people in jobs that do nothing to deliver frontline patient care. It’s time for health chiefs to launch a war on waste and ensure the NHS budget is spent on patients rather than squandered on bureaucrats.”