Scottish health boards and NHS bodies spent almost £11m on leasing vehicles including Jaguars, Mercedes and BMWs last year, new figures have revealed.

The health authorities and organisations including NHS 24 and NHS Health Scotland leased more than 7,000 vehicles, according to figures obtained by Labour through freedom of information requests.

Greater Glasgow & Clyde has the biggest bill, spending £3.4m on 2,460 vehicles for staff in 2010.

The Ayrshire & Arran health board spent over £1.5m on 680 cars while Grampian spent over £1.1m on 474 vehicles including an Alfa Romeo and an Audi A3 1.6 Sport.

NHS National Services spent £655,621 leasing 274 vehicles including a Jaguar X-Type and a Lexus IS 220 SE.

Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie MSP said the figures were “astonishing”.

She said: “Of course, staff like district nurses need to be provided with a car so that they can do their job and visit patients.

“But it simply doesn’t make sense to spend nearly £11 million subsidising senior managers to drive BMWs and Mercedes when health boards are being forced by budget cuts to reduce the number of nurses.

“If Labour forms the next government in Scotland we will review this scheme to ensure that NHS resources are spent on improving patient care and not on perks for executives.”

The total amount spent on car leasing was £10,889,607 with 7,318 vehicles rented.

This included vehicles leased by the Scottish Ambulance Service, State Hospital, Golden Jubilee hospital, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland.

Not all health boards provided figures for the amount they spent.

Of those that did, NHS Orkney paid the least, renting three vehicles at a cost of £6,770.

A Scottish government spokeswoman said: “It is up to NHS boards to manage their own budgets and to ensure that frontline services are delivered as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Patient care is our priority and health boards, like all public bodies, are expected to get the very best value for money from every penny out of the taxpayers’ purse.”