By Max Clarke

NHS regulator, ‘Monitor’, is in danger of becoming a ‘bloated bureaucratic monster’ due to overblown staff costs and unclear aims, a public sector union has said.

Set up first in 2004 under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003, the watchdog has been revamped in line with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill 2010.

Unison- the UK’s largest public sector union- claim that Monitor’s stated aim of ‘choice, competition and collaboration’ is contradictory, and therefore unachievable. It is this lack of direction that will likely see the 600-strong staff wasting time and money in delivering nothing of real value to the NHS or to the taxpayer.

The average wage will be in excess of £50,000- double the UK average- and vast legal bills are anticipated.

“All this indicates that a revamped Monitor is not being geared for the benefit of patients, but as a conduit to channel lucrative NHS contracts to private healthcare companies, many of whom have bankrolled the Tory party since David Cameron became leader,”said Unite’s national officer for health, Rachael Maskell.

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