NHS Organisation Finances

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2605
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Analysis by the Health Service Journal found that the Department of Health paid £1.2 billion in the last year to help struggling NHS organisations. The money was spent to pay wages and creditors, replace ageing equipment and cut deficits. Given your limited statutory powers, what steps can you take in practice to ensure that every NHS organisation in London does not fall into the situation of needing emergency financial assistance?

Answer

Answer for NHS Organisation Finances

Answer for NHS Organisation Finances

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While the funding and delivery of health services are not within the remit of the Mayor, I expect all Londoners to have access to world classhealthcare. I understand that the Department of Health with the NHS are looking at a number of measures to help the NHS spend taxpayers' money more efficiently and reduce waste. This includes reducing the high costs for staffing agencies, management consultants and legal fees.