Senior NHS staff are being paid thousands of pounds and taken on expensive trips by drug companies lobbying to get their products used by the health service, the Daily Telegraph can reveal.
Senior health staff who help decide which drugs are used by GPs and hospitals are being paid to work as consultants for pharmaceutical companies who want the National Health Service to switch to medicines they produce. Health service staff who take part in advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies argue that their involvement helps them to make best use of NHS money by analysing drugs and providing expert advice. There are also concerns that, if drugs were being switched for financial, rather than medical reasons, it would not be in the best interests of patients. Read it all: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11755878/NHS-bosses-paid-by-drug-firms.html