London hospitals spent £13m on public relations in the last three years a Freedom of Information request has found.
The BBC report:
The NHS in London spent almost £13m on public relations in the last three years, a BBC London investigation has found – enough to recruit 600 nurses.
Some £9.7m went on press officers’ salaries at hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs), while private PR companies were paid a further £3m.
Critics called for “medical doctors not spin doctors”, pointing to longer waiting times and cancelled operations.