Murdo Fraser describes costs of using private contract health staff in Fife as 'embarrassing'
Murdo Fraser MSP has described the “staggering” costs of using private contract health staff in Fife – nearly £6 million in just under six years - as “embarrassing” for the SNP Government.
Details revealed in a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, show that NHS Fife paid a total of £5,914,892 to private contract firms for medical staff between April 2015 and January 2020, when they worked in most health services at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.
The FoI, which was submitted by the Scottish Conservatives, highlighted how NHS Fife had paid £2,376,603 to Spire Healthcare Ltd during this period and also £1,782,648 to Synaptik.
In addition, NHS Fife had paid £880,411 to In Health Ltd and £875,230 to Medinet for private contract health staff.
Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “These figures are truly staggering and are embarrassing for the SNP Government. The Scottish Conservatives have previously raised the issue of the SNP Government using private contract health staff and once again we see here how they have failed to invest in the country’s health service and failed to employ NHS staff.
“To spend just under £6 million on private contract health staff in just under six years is staggering and I’m sure most residents in Fife will be rightly appalled at this.”
Mr Fraser continued: “These shocking figures demonstrate the mis-management of the NHS under the SNP Government. The information shows there has been a lack of NHS staff being employed in Fife and once again this is a burden on taxpayers.
“This is a matter which should be addressed immediately by the SNP Government.”