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£13m spent on public relations in London

13th March 2013

According to the results of an investigation by BBC London, the health service in London has paid out almost £13 million on public relations in the last three years.

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The programme sent Freedom of Information requests to 33 London hospitals, NHS London and primary care trusts in the capital.

The research showed £9.7 million was spent on press officers' pay, with 82 press officers paid an average salary of £37,278. 

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of The Patients Association, said: "Far too many patients experience longer waiting times, cancelled operations and standards of care below what they deserve."

"These figures are a concerning example of the cost of NHS PR - it is sadly patients paying the price. Many will ask whether this funding would be better spent on medical doctors, rather than spin doctors." 

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