Luxury Cars Won’t Tackle Spending Cuts

Expense scandals and unjustifiable banker’s bonuses – it seems whenever you turn on the news there is something else about the countries’ most well off swindling more money from an already struggling system! At a time when the majority of the country is pulling in the purse strings, whilst facing tax rises and job losses, it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

It is not surprising then that the NHS has come under criticism for forking out on expensive luxury cars for staff whilst many face losing their job. The NHS have been told to save up to £20bn as part of the Governments’ spending cuts, so not the best way to save money.

The Dumfries and Galloway health authority have come under fire from Labour politicians for spending nearly £800,000 leasing luxury cars, such as Mercedes CLC 200 Coupe Sport, BMW 1 Series CPE Sport and Audi A3 Sportback TDI SE. Dumfries MSP Dr Murray said: “This is absolutely astonishing and fancy cars like these would be at the top of my list of things to cut.”

The authority denies that they are managing a ‘fleet of luxury vehicles for executives and senior managers’, as the car hire in Scotland is for frontline staff that live mainly in rural areas.

Although NHS chief executive John Burns has said the leasing scheme will actually save money, compared to reimbursing staff that use their own car, many will see it as a ridiculously unnecessary expense when the vast amount of other affordable, reliable cars that are available is taken into consideration.