£2.3m staff bill for north east London STP team
Salary costs for driving through controversial NHS restructuring in north east London now total £2.3 million, the BMA has reported.
North east London's sustainability and transformation plan (NEL STP) which aims to make £600m 'savings' to healthcare across the area spent £2.3m creating 37 new jobs.
The BMA said the money was spent on creating a project management team of financial analysts, press officers, and programme directors.
BMA STP policy lead David Wrigley said: ‘Doctors and patients who are now all too accustomed to seeing the strain placed on hospitals, GP surgeries, social care and public health by the wilful lack of health service funding from successive governments will be horrified to see the amount of money being spent on another layer of potentially wasteful bureaucracy in the NHS.
‘Some of these STPs seem to be ballooning into governing health and social care structures with no mention in law and no proper governance – making a mockery of the pernicious legislation enforced on the health service in 2012,' he added.
A BMA survey of STPs found they had spent at least £8.5m creating 150 new roles including operational managers, communications executives, administrators and financial analysts. Read the full BMA story here.