NHS chief warned Sajid Javid that deal for private hospitals could waste of taxpayers’ money

NHS England’s boss told Sajid Javid the £90million a month deal to rope in private hospitals if Covid spiralled out of control could waste taxpayer money, it emerged today.

The three-month contract sees private healthcare staff and facilities put on standby to help, should Omicron cause unsustainable levels of hospital admissions or staff absences.

In a letter to the Health Secretary three days before the contract was made public, Amanda Pritchard warned it might not be ‘value for money’.

 deal to use private beds and staff when necessary would cost far more than increasing NHS capacity.

She warned that persistent NHS staffing issues meant it was unlikely the extra 4,000 private beds could even be manned.  

The deal will cost the Department of Health a minimum of between £75million and £90million a month for three months. And the costs could rise as high as £175million a month based on data from previous deals with independent hospitals, she said.

But the Health Secretary pushed…

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