Mark Littlewood is quoted in the Daily Mail
Health bosses used taxpayer-funded credit cards to pay for helicopter lessons, go-karting and five-star hotels.
Despite the NHS facing an unprecedented funding crisis, officials have been using the cards to splurge money on luxuries, bars and restaurants.
They have racked up £5.8million worth of spending in the past two years alone. The ‘government procurement cards’ were introduced by Labour in 1997, supposedly to enable senior staff to easily fund office supplies and travel costs.
But a Daily Mail investigation found senior officials in the largest health bodies have been using them in Wetherspoon’s pubs, cocktail bars, bowling alleys and McDonalds.
Mark Littlewood, of the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said: ‘Not only is it outrageous that hard-earned taxpayers’ money is being frivolously squandered on stays at plush resorts and pricey restaurants, these revelations smack of brazen hypocrisy.
‘The financial constraints of the NHS is made all the more depressing when we see how carelessly the money is being spent. It’s high time these quangos were held to account.’
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