Following a Parliamentary Question, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop, has today (15th May 2012) found out that it has cost the public purse over £50,000 in legal fees for the Tory-led Governments appeals against publication of the NHS risk register surround the controversial NHS re-organisation.
The latest (March 2012) estimate of counsel’s fee for work undertaken is £50,359. This does not include the costs of directly employed departmental employees who have been engaged on the issue, or of departmental legal staff.
“It is scandalous that, when thousands of nurses have been axed since May 2010, the Government have racked up a bill of over £50,000 to suppress the risk register associated with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s unwanted and unnecessary NHS reorganisation.
“Many of my constituents are concerned about what the Government have in store for the NHS and the on-going refusal to publish the risk register has done nothing to allay those fears. I feel that these huge legal fees are indicative that the Government has something to hide.
“Rather than spending taxpayer money on political cover-ups, this Government should be focusing on protecting frontline services.”