The latest reorganisation of the NHS, with Integrated Care Boards replacing Clinical Commissioning Groups, cost £5.3 million in consultancy fees, branding changes, new websites and advertising, our investigation revealed. This is despite concerns that the reorganisation has not led to improvements. The largest spend was Coventry and Warwickshire, which spent more than £1 million.
Speaking to the i, which published the findings, our chief executive John O'Connell said:
“Taxpayers will be rightly concerned about potentially paying for another failed reorganisation of the NHS.
“When the health service is already under immense strain, it’s vital that precious funds are put to best use.
“Ministers must ensure this new system genuinely works for patients and taxpayers alike.”