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NHS criticised by Conservative MP for spending on bureaucracy

Published on 15/08/2009
The National Health Service (NHS) is spending twice as much on administration as did four years ago, it has been warned.

Almost £1.2 billion was spent on bureaucracy in 2007-08, over 80 per cent more than in 2003-04, figures obtained by the Conservative party show.

The headline findings of the figures, which were obtained by Tory health spokesperson Andrew Lansley, included the fact that twice as much was spent by primary care trusts (PCTs) on managers as on cancer drugs.

What's more, these increased costs for administrative tasks and staff issues were encountered even though the number of PCTs has been cut in half, from 303 to 152.

Mr Lansley said: "These figures show just how far Labour have broken the promise they made in 1997 to spend NHS funds on patients not bureaucracy."

Earlier this month, Monitor, which independently regulates PCTs, warned that many will struggle to cope with financial planning in the years following 2011.
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