HOSPITAL campaigners have accused the admistrators brought in to solve the financial crisis at Stafford Hospital of living in the “lap of luxury” after figures revealed they have spent more than £130,000 on expenses.
The figures, released following a freedom of information request, show joint-administrators Alan Bloom, Alan Hudson and Hugo Mascie-Taylor, together with up to 26 other members of staff, have so far spent £48,746.72 on accommodation, £44,178.37 on train travel, £10,885.75 on car travel, £14,907.43 on taxis, £10,007.55 on subsistence and £1,280.74 on other expenses.
A further £13,636.71 incurred but yet to be charged is also listed in the report.
To date the entire process of administration has reached £9.25m.
This includes £2.5mfor the recommendations of Monitor’s contingency planning team, around £6m for the process of trust special administration and a further £750,000 for the 40-day extension given to the administrators.
The price of printing the 59-page recommendations document was £41,624.00 with distribution costs of £25,280.50.
Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Cheryl Porter condemned the sums spent.
“They must have been travelling first class - they’ve lived in the lap of luxury,” she said. “That’s taxpayers’ money they are spending.
“It’s money that we are paying people to come to our town basically to put our hospital into liquidation, tear it up and sell it off.
“I’m very angry because this is our money being spent on our behalf and we’re being told our hospital has to lose its acute services because there’s not enough money to keep them.”