max temp: 12°C

min temp: 2°C


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

10 December, 2012 - 10:30
£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.


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.”


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

Bogus caller victim. Library image.

A Hadleigh resident has fallen prey to a phone scam run by crooks posing as bogus police officers.

Museum bosses have gone back to the drawing board following their lottery bid rejection.

Hopes of a multi-million-pound lottery windfall for Ipswich Museum have been dashed – forcing borough chiefs to reconsider the ambitious £23m project to transform the High Street campus.

High winds are set to hit Suffolk and Essex. PA Photo: Chris Ison.

A yellow weather warning for high winds has been issued by the Met Office for Essex and Suffolk across the weekend.

Jazz singer and songwriter Zoe Gilby

Seasonal delights by the Waterfront

Cannabis was found at Ipswich house

An illegal immigrant is facing a jail term after police found nearly 400 plants and seedlings at a cannabis factory set up in an east Ipswich house.

Orwell Bridge

A man from the Ipswich area has died after falling from the Orwell Bridge, police said today.

UCS Photography, major investment

Photography students at UCS benefit from state of the art facilities after major investment

Sergeant Ash Jackobs (31) from Felixstowe during 

Chefs from Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade have been wild cooking to prepare for operations in tough environments.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet arrived at Elstree today - the home of the Star Wars franchise.

The day after county councillors discussed cutting millions from the authority’s budget over the next two years, its cabinet members are on a £4,000 training course at the world famous Elstree studios.

The release of the John Lewis advert has become an much-anticipated event in recent years. Picture: John Lewis/PA

Christmas adverts have boomed in recent years with the likes of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Tesco leading the way.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24