Anger at huge bills for Rotherham Hospital management consultants

Anger at huge bills for Rotherham Hospital management consultants

By Phil Turner | 10/05/2013 2 comments

Anger at huge bills for Rotherham Hospital management consultants

HEALTH service union UNISON has hit out at the cost of experts parachuted in to sort out beleagured Rotherham Hospital after it was revealed that one is earning £25,000 a month.

And the bills for American IT consultant Larry Blevin’s accommodation, bar tab for non-alcoholic drinks, taxis, laundry and meals at Sheffield’s Hilton Hotel are being paid by hospital bosses.

That came to £2,300 over a six-week period on top of the £4,000 it cost to fly him in from the states to sort out the hospital’s malfunctioning Electronic Patient Record system.

Mr Blevin was originally brought in for three months, but his contract is being extended.

The bill for three other consultants, brought in by London-based healthcare management firm Bolt Partners, is running at more than £100,000 per month.

A  UNISON spokesperson said: “There is still no word on when the trust will even begin the process of appointing a new chief executive.

“Do they really need to keep up this level of spending?”

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  • Perhaps "beleagured" could be a new sponsored word. It could mean "to spend a moment spellchecking to preserve both the credibility of my journalism and the worth of my article". Regarding the ongoing NHS IT disaster, it has cost billions, and will cost further billions until they employ someone with a clue to sort it out. I've personally had to refuse to help GPs desperate to have working computers because the private NHS IT contract is so exclusive.

    redpola. Mon 13 May 00:32:01.

  • Interesting that the team brought in to improve Rotherham's health fails to stop its own staff smoking on NHS premises. This is particularly obvious outside Woodside on Moorgate Road. They congregate beneath the 'wellbeing and health, sign puffing frantically and covering the entrance in fag ends. I have even seen one of them lighting the cigarette of an Oakwood pupil. What are these people doing with our money when they can't even educate the employees we fund.

    Glencora. Fri 10 May 18:07:49.

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