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.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.