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NHS manager count ‘rises by one-quarter’ over 2 years

25th November 2009

The number of managers within the NHS has risen by one-quarter over the last two years, it has been discovered.

According to research undertaken by the GP magazine Pulse, the service has spent an extra 78 million pounds on boosting its bureaucracy since 2007.

This has taken the sum spent on the employment of such figures within the healthcare service from 312 million pounds to 390 million pounds, the study found.

However, the report added, this could be much higher, as just 55 out of the 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) asked for data under the Freedom of Information Act responded to the request.

Health spokesman for the Conservatives Mike Penning stated: “Labour ministers must explain why so much more is being spent on management after a reorganisation of PCTs that was intended to produce efficiency savings.”

The publication of this information comes after a poll carried out by the Nursing Times found that 40 per cent of NHS nurses believe their colleagues lie about waiting times in accident and emergency departments in order to hit government-set targets.

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