South London Healthcare Trust hospital administrator budget hits £5.1m

Matthew Kershaw

Matthew Kershaw

First published in Bromley News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

AN administrator who put together cost-saving proposals recommending shutting Lewisham Hospital's A&E department has run 25 per cent over his original £4m budget.

Special administrator Matthew Kershaw's office was originally allocated £4m by the Department of Health when it started his work at the financially-crippled South London Healthcare Trust, which ran hospitals in Woolwich, Sidcup and Farnborough.

But the department has now released further money, bringing the total sum to £5.1m. Of that figure, £3.1m has been splashed out on consultancy fees, including £2m to lead contractor McKinsey and their sub-contractors.

Leader of Lewisham Lib Dems Councillor Chris Maines, who was sent the figures following a Freedom of Information request, said: "It is beyond belief that a person employed to find substantial savings could not demonstrate how to live within a generous budget himself."

He added: "The public consultation meetings started with a video lecturing the audience on the importance of living within a given budget.

"Many members of the audiences felt offended and patronised by Mr Kershaw when he explained the problem was like our own household budgets and we had to control our spending. He clearly failed to follow his own advice and this must question his credibility."

Lewisham West MP Jim Dowd, who has also questioned the cost of the new regime, recently branded the proposals "disgraceful, dishonourable, disreputable and downright dishonest" in Parliament, calling for the entire process to be suspended.

Mr Kershaw's final recommendations will be handed to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt on January 7. A decision is expected early in February.

A spokesman for for the Office of the Trust Special Administrator said: “To date, the budget that has been agreed by the Department of Health for the Trust Special Administrator to operate the unsustainable NHS provider regime at South London Healthcare NHS Trust is £5.1m.

"Whilst an initial budget of £4m was agreed at the beginning of the process, as this is the very first time the regime has been enacted additional contingency funding has been made available to address costs as the work has progressed."

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11:32am Mon 31 Dec 12

derekhope says...

Yet more so called "Public Consultations" and yet more so called "consultants" providing reams of so called "reports". What was needed a long time ago was a proper business manager, paid a salary on results of exellence. To hell with the fancy titles, directorates of this and that with an army of personal assistants and secretaries. The NHS was brought in for the people and should be run by proper professional people who understand the needs of the people. Sure the NHS is in trouble, not just because of underfunding, but because there are so many chiefs with all their trappings of grandeur and not enough good old fashioned workers with the tools to do their jobs properly, and too much reliance on getting in agency staff. The situation is a shambles and the government should put money into the trust to restore the services and make good the broken promises of the past.
Yet more so called "Public Consultations" and yet more so called "consultants" providing reams of so called "reports". What was needed a long time ago was a proper business manager, paid a salary on results of exellence. To hell with the fancy titles, directorates of this and that with an army of personal assistants and secretaries. The NHS was brought in for the people and should be run by proper professional people who understand the needs of the people. Sure the NHS is in trouble, not just because of underfunding, but because there are so many chiefs with all their trappings of grandeur and not enough good old fashioned workers with the tools to do their jobs properly, and too much reliance on getting in agency staff. The situation is a shambles and the government should put money into the trust to restore the services and make good the broken promises of the past. derekhope
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1:53pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Slonik says...

'Consultants' and 'reports' clearly don't come cheap! I dare say it's hard, expensive, work unravelling what the last lot of expert 'consultants' put in place. Nice work if you can get it eh...
'Consultants' and 'reports' clearly don't come cheap! I dare say it's hard, expensive, work unravelling what the last lot of expert 'consultants' put in place. Nice work if you can get it eh... Slonik
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3:52pm Mon 31 Dec 12

beanie59 says...

That money would have been better spent reducing the deficit. Yet more public money wasted with no apparent outcome.
That money would have been better spent reducing the deficit. Yet more public money wasted with no apparent outcome. beanie59
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9:53pm Mon 31 Dec 12

reallyareyousure says...

so is there money now for my operation that is needed because the last two operations couldnt use the correct parts as hospital had run out of funds so had a secondhand part, and no its ok for a adminstrater to go over budget total crap how about stop sending money to othjer countries before you look after your own
so is there money now for my operation that is needed because the last two operations couldnt use the correct parts as hospital had run out of funds so had a secondhand part, and no its ok for a adminstrater to go over budget total crap how about stop sending money to othjer countries before you look after your own reallyareyousure
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4:06pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Concerned of Orpington says...

What sickens me is that McKinseys bled SLHT dry PRIOR to extracting a further £2m from the DoH via Mr Kershaw. They couldn't get it right the first time - why are they being given a second bite at the cherry !!!!!!!!!! Because they're all "mates" - that's why!!! That's £5.1m that could have been spent on patient care - it's obscene the way they squander PUBLIC money and preach at us about living within a budget. God help us all when the NHS becomes totally privatised ....... profit before patients all the way .... and lining the pockets of the 'fat' cats !
What sickens me is that McKinseys bled SLHT dry PRIOR to extracting a further £2m from the DoH via Mr Kershaw. They couldn't get it right the first time - why are they being given a second bite at the cherry !!!!!!!!!! Because they're all "mates" - that's why!!! That's £5.1m that could have been spent on patient care - it's obscene the way they squander PUBLIC money and preach at us about living within a budget. God help us all when the NHS becomes totally privatised ....... profit before patients all the way .... and lining the pockets of the 'fat' cats ! Concerned of Orpington
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8:29pm Wed 2 Jan 13

goldenbroomboy says...

How long before PRH is closed down & services "centralised" in Lambeth, for the greater good of all of "South East London"?
How long before PRH is closed down & services "centralised" in Lambeth, for the greater good of all of "South East London"? goldenbroomboy
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10:13pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Threadworm says...

If anyone really believed Kershaw was going to any of us any good then they are deluded. He wont even meet with staff or listen to their concerns or ideas...

The only people that will suffer are the patients time and time again. these bunch of CONMEN will only be satisfied when all services are privatised and they have killed off the elderly and kept cancer patients waiting too long for treatment

Start charging foreign and illegals to use our services like their countries charge us....

Good story again by Mark - News shopper.
If anyone really believed Kershaw was going to any of us any good then they are deluded. He wont even meet with staff or listen to their concerns or ideas... The only people that will suffer are the patients time and time again. these bunch of CONMEN will only be satisfied when all services are privatised and they have killed off the elderly and kept cancer patients waiting too long for treatment Start charging foreign and illegals to use our services like their countries charge us.... Good story again by Mark - News shopper. Threadworm
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8:05am Thu 3 Jan 13

B L Zeebub says...

Sell land at Queen Marys. There....consultatio
n over. It was always what was planned anyway.
Sell land at Queen Marys. There....consultatio n over. It was always what was planned anyway. B L Zeebub
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10:05pm Thu 3 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Kershaw has failed to ensure Health & Safety at Orpington Hospital & probably elsewhere as well
Now he has overspent his ENORMOUS & UNjustifyable budget.
Clearly the TSA is unsustainable & unfit for purpose.
He should be SACKED now.

The land at QMH Sidcup future use is restricted & cannot be sold off. Please check the Land Registry NOW.
Thank you
Kershaw has failed to ensure Health & Safety at Orpington Hospital & probably elsewhere as well Now he has overspent his ENORMOUS & UNjustifyable budget. Clearly the TSA is unsustainable & unfit for purpose. He should be SACKED now. The land at QMH Sidcup future use is restricted & cannot be sold off. Please check the Land Registry NOW. Thank you RoisinR
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