Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

13 SEP 2010

"Why have NHS management costs increased?" asks MP

 

Figures show that management costs and consultancy fees for NHS North East Essex Primary Care Trust have soared over the past four years.

 

Management costs that were £6.27 million in 2006/07 have increased to £12.74 million for the year 2009/10. Likewise, consultancy fees have grown from £555,000 in 2006/07 to £1.95 million in 2009/10.

 

 

09/10

08/09

(restatement)

08/09

07/08

06/07

Management Costs £’000

12,742

9,570

7,148

5,979

6,267

Consultancy Fees £’000

1,947

1,416

1,416

1,221

555

 

 

Douglas says, “Over a three year period, management costs doubled. We need an explanation as to why it now costs twice as much to pay management costs as it did three years ago. What has changed? Consultancy fees have also increased; by nearly four-fold in 36 months. Could money be better spent so that it gets to the front-line here in Tendring?”

 

“Local people in Jaywick and West Clacton have not had access to the GP services they deserved in recent months. They will want to know why all of this extra money went on management costs and consultancy fees, but didn’t deliver the kind of local NHS services they have a right to expect.”

 

“It is right that this extra money has gone in to the local NHS, but we need to ensure it is spent on things that improve actual patient care, not on administration costs.”

 

“I would like to see the Primary Care Trust provide a detailed breakdown of the cost increases so local people can decide if it is money well spent.”

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