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

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.

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.

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.”

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