DoH under fire for spending £2,500 on Christmas tree

The DoH is under fire for spending £2,485 on an 18ft 'dressed' Christmas tree for its Skipton House headquarters in Southwark, south London.

The total spend on DoH Christmas trees this year was £3,200 (Photograph: SPL)
The total spend on DoH Christmas trees this year was £3,200 (Photograph: SPL)

It spent a further £750 on three small trees at Richmond House, in Whitehall, to replace a larger tree that fell into disrepair, taking the total spend to more than £3,200.

Mike Penning, Conservative shadow minister for health, said: ‘This is astonishing at a time when you would expect austerity from the department. Frontline services are struggling for funding — this is where money should be going.'

A DoH spokesman said: ‘It is tradition that the department has Christmas trees at Skipton House, Richmond House and Wellington House. The amount spent covers the trees for these buildings, which is less than budgeted for last year.'

All trees come from sustainable forests and are replanted and are recycled after use. All the costs include dressing and disposal of the trees.

Editor's blog: The NHS is Labour's 'trump card' but don't mention the Christmas trees

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Face-to-face GP appointments on demand 'unachievable', warns RCGP chair

Face-to-face GP appointments on demand 'unachievable', warns RCGP chair

Calls for general practice to offer face-to-face appointments to all patients who...

Cornwall PCN wheels out electric car fleet to reduce carbon footprint

Cornwall PCN wheels out electric car fleet to reduce carbon footprint

Staff at a primary care network (PCN) in Cornwall have committed to reducing their...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

Repeat prescribing and SMR overhaul as review finds one in 10 scrips unnecessary

Repeat prescribing and SMR overhaul as review finds one in 10 scrips unnecessary

Repeat prescribing and use of structured medication reviews in general practice are...

BMA demands emergency meeting with government over GP abuse

BMA demands emergency meeting with government over GP abuse

BMA leaders have requested an emergency summit with the government to discuss ‘unacceptable...

Millions of pounds lost to general practice as flagship recruitment scheme falls short

Millions of pounds lost to general practice as flagship recruitment scheme falls short

Tens of millions of pounds in funding from a flagship recruitment scheme set up to...