Sunday, July 23, 2006

Recent Bonfires- 24

In the news this week:

£21m (plus) on unnecessary NHS ops- "Patients are being forced to undergo painful, unnecessary and ineffective treatments in the NHS that are wasting billions of pounds a year, according to the Government’s chief medical officer. His report identified... if tonsillectomies were administered to the entire country at the same rate as they are given to well-off children, around 8,000 fewer operations would be performed every year and £6 million saved...also..."If the average rate of hysterectomy in England could be reduced to that achieved in the 20 per cent of the country with the lowest current rates, then 5,900 operations, costing £15 million could be avoided per annum." ( Times 21.7.06)

Tardy Met runs up £44,040 hotel bill- "The Forest Gate Two and their family have been living in a four-star hotel for more than seven weeks - at a cost to the taxpayer of up to £30,000 a month. The Metropolitan Police is picking up the bill because the raid in which the family's home was torn apart in the hunt for a chemical bomb resulted in false arrests. A police spokesman explained that the force was obliged to foot the bill for accommodation until it had engaged and paid for builders to restore the property. However, neighbours said that they had seen no activity or building work at the terrace house since the forensic teams left the scene on June 10." (Sunday Telegraph 23.7.06)

£10,000 for Buddhist maze meditation-"The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spent more than £10,000 sending top staff to meditate about world peace in a Buddhist maze and watch actors show them how to stop bickering and concentrate on work." (Mail 13.7.06)

£594,370 bill for stolen satellite phones- "Taxpayers were left to pick up a telephone bill of nearly £600,000 when three of the Foreign Office's satellite phones were stolen in Iraq. An astonishing catalogue of errors meant that the thieves were able to carry on using the phones for up to a year before officials discovered what had happened. The telephones were sent to Iraq in September 2003...but diplomats were not told they were coming, there were no records on whom the phones were issued to and there was nowhere to store them securely. In a further lapse, the phones were activated in Britain before they were sent, which meant that anyone could use them. A junior official had "raised concerns about the high cost and usage of satellite phones in Iraq" but senior officials failed to take any action." (Telegraph 21.7.06)

Total for week- £21,648,410 (plus)

No comments:

Post a Comment