MP CRITICISES NHS England waste on ‘smartphones and spin’

iphone_2018021bCommenting on the combined information that 1,600 officers at NHS England have been given iPhones and that NHS England and its outposts have also spent £6m+ on spin doctors since last October, Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:

“David Cameron took billions away from patient care to blow on a top-down re-organisation of the NHS. Now he’s handing smartphones to this new army of bureaucrats.

“Cameron’s spending millions on new spin doctors when half of all wards don’t have enough nurses. Over five thousand nursing jobs have been axed since the election. He needs to cut the spin and get a grip.

“This is further proof you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”

Ends

Andrew Gwynne:  To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS England has spent on public relations and communications staff since its inception.

Jane Ellison:  NHS England advises that it has spent the following sums on public relations and communications staff since it was established as an executive non departmental public body in October 2012:
Financial year Type of staff Amount (£)
2012-13 (from 1 October 2012) Central NHS England staff 253,963
2013-14 (to 30 September 2013) Central NHS England staff 1,497,517
Commissioning support unit staff 4,712,220

Jamie Reed:  To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) iPads and (b) iPhones have been purchased by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department’s non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years.

Daniel Poulter:  Information about the number of iPads and iPhones procured by the Department and the Department’s non-departmental public bodies for each of the last three years is available in the following table. There were no iPads or iPhones procured in previous years. The iPad was only launched in mid-2010 and the iPhone was not available for use within Government until more recently.

2011 2012 2013(1)
iPad iPhone iPad iPhone iPad iPhone
Department of Health 63 0 0 1 25 0
Non-departmental public bodies
NHS England 0 0 100 220 190 1,591
Monitor 0 0 14 0 40 0
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Tissue Authority 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence 0 0 0 0 9 1
Care Quality Commission 15 0 41 0 50 0
Health and Social Care Information Centre 0 1 0 727 12 42
(1 )To date.
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