The Department of Health increased the amount they spent on public relations firms by 50% last year, up to £10m, figures released by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Commenting Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said:
“This is a staggering amount of money for ministers to be wasting on spin.
“While hardworking nurses and teachers are being short-changed with stingy pay deals, ministers are happily wasting eye-watering amounts trying to sell their policies.
“We keep being told that belts must be tightened in these difficult times yet this Government continues to be unashamedly extravagant with our money.
“With the NHS facing an enormous strain on its finances in the next few years ministers must start putting patients before press releases.”