'Failed' NHS strategy criticised

A report has criticised the Department of Health for the decision to build a new hospital and award a franchise to a private firm to run another one a few miles away.

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Management consultants used at 'great expense to little effect'

A report on the financial future of two hospitals in Peterborough and Huntingdon has estimated that the Department of Health is paying £1 million a week to keep the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust afloat.

Criticising the decision to build a new hospital, whilst hiring a private firm to run another one 24 miles away, the report found:

  • Management consultants had been used at "great expense to little effect", with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust spending £9 million in the last two financial years
  • The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust had accumulated the highest deficit in the highest in the NHS for 2011/12, of £45.8 million

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