The Special Administrator brought in to find a solution to the overspending South London Healthcare NHS Trust over spent himself by a staggering 25%, according to information released to Liberal Democrat Councillor Chris Maines.
The Department of Health admitted, following a Freedom of Information request from Cllr Maines, that as of the 18th December, a further £1.1million had to be added to the TSA’s budget. He was given £4 million to fund his five month inquiry into the failure of the Health Trust to live within its budget, the costs now mount to £5.1 million.
Cllr Maines said “It is beyond belief that a person employed to find substantial savings could not demonstrate how to live within a generous budget himself.
“Although the Department of Health have refused to give me a detailed breakdown, I understand Mr Kershaw’s office and personal costs were over £1 million and further £3.1 million went towards consultancy cost, of which £2 million has been paid to McKinsey as lead-contractor with Deloitte and PA Consulting Group as sub-contractors”.
“I am not surprised that the Management Consultants that profited hugely from the original PFI contracts are now profiting from the effect of those contracts”.
“I am frankly amazed that Mr Kershaw did not consider that it is was vital for him to live within his set budget, the Public Consultation Meetings started with a video lecturing the audience on the importance of living within a given budget”.
Cllr Maines, the Blackheath councillor, added “Many members of the audiences felt offended and patronised by Mr Kershaw when he explained the problem was like our own household budgets and we had to control our spending. He clearly failed to follow his own advice and this must question his credibility.”
“It seems the person brought in to lead the “Unsustainable Provider Regime” is himself an “unsustainable provider.”