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Letters: We should know who’s paying for Whittington’s outside experts

Published: 14 June, 2013

• WE were grateful for the communication from the chief executive of the Whittington Hospital, Dr Yi Mien Koh, (Why it makes sense for the
Whittington to call in outside experts, June 7)
, clarifying the appointment of Ernst & Young as consultants for its foundation trust application.

Her statements, however, have caused some alarm, in particular that the costs of employing this top consultancy company are “commercially confidential”.

Why is the community not allowed to know how much is being paid to this private company? Who provided the external funding, and what proportion was this of the total costs? Where did the finance from the remaining costs come from?

Surely income and expenditure in a publicly-funded institution such as the Whittington Hospital must be open and transparent? It appears that Dr Koh has not learned any lessons from the disastrous financial decision to employ Unipart, at a cost of £1.2million, except to pay yet another private multi-national company to mop up the mess.

There must be no secret NHS dealings. Does Dr Koh still not understand that this is an NHS hospital, our hospital, and that we, the Whittington community, patients and staff, demand to know the truth?

JEM LINDON
Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition
www.dwhc.org.uk

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