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NHS spends £1.5m on private treatment for staff

By Ian Quinn

The NHS has spent £1.5m on private health treatment for staff over the past three years, an investigation has found.

The figures, released in answer to Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats, show more than 3,000 staff have received private treatment since 2006, with the annual cost more than trebling in that period.

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb said: ‘I'm not surprised that so many trusts have to contract in private companies to provide for physiotherapy, counselling and therapy as they are often woefully under resourced.'

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