Meanwhile, Plymouth University Hospitals have spent £4,463 on private health insurance over the past year. The trust said the insurance was for administrative staff.
Asked Wednesday afternoon which employees had private health insurance, a spokesperson said the trust was unable to answer questions over the holiday weekend.
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has revealed it has paid £125,000 to Physio Med, a professional physiotherapy company, since 2018, including £43,000 last year.
A case study on the Physio Med website, describing his work for the trust, states: “With access to NHS physiotherapy via GP referral taking up to 14 weeks (national survey, 2015), employees with musculoskeletal disorders were often absent from work for long periods”. or less productive periods at work while waiting to access treatment.
“As a result, the trust decided it needed to find a way to help its employees gain equitable access to quality physiotherapy treatment, regardless of where they live, and much faster.”
Greig Baker, who chairs Baker Kell Cumming, said: “When the NHS pays for its own staff to receive accelerated private care, the model is broken. The government has introduced the new health and social care tax and the NHS is getting more money than ever – but the money isn’t the problem, the system is.
A spokesperson for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said its staff were “working hard” to tackle the backlog and that “physiotherapy treatment means they can get back to work faster… avoiding additional expenditure for costly agency and shift workers”.