Barts Health Trust has spent almost £1m on a “turnaround” consultant in just 10 months, its financial data reveals.
Figures show the trust paid £935,500 to Titanium Global Solutions from October 2013 to July 2014.
The trust confirmed the payment was made for the services of management consultant Donald Muir, a director of the Surrey based firm.
While Barts would not confirm how many days Mr Muir had worked for the trust, the payment to Titanium meant he was paid more than Mark Davies, the former interim chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Trust who HSJ revealed charged £2,000 a day. Bart’s chief executive receives a salary of £275,000.
The trust said Mr Muir provided “highly specialist support” that was “not cost effective to retain on the off-chance of an issue arising”.
Mr Muir was previously appointed to the board of Glasgow Rangers Football Club by its lenders, before it was placed into administration in 2012.
Barts said in July that it was predicting a deficit of £100m but that “the recovery programme led by TGS redressed the balance, delivering cost savings of £59m for the year”.
The trust’s most recent board papers said only £7.2m of the £17.9m in savings due to be delivered in quarter one of 2014-15 had been achieved. It ended 2013-14 with a deficit of £48m.
In a report to the trust’s board last month, Mr Morris said he hoped to achieve this saving by “strengthening controls, particularly on agency spend and consultancy”, “eliminating agency spend” and “addressing our emergency pressures overspend with commissioners through our joint resilience planning”.