Staffordshire politician James Carver has criticised “outrageous” spending by health inspectors, who visited Burton Hospitals Trust.
“Public services are being cut back left, right and centre yet austerity has not apparently reached the Care Quality Commission,” said Mr Carver, UKIP MEP.
His comments come in the wake of details released following a Freedom of Information request by the Health Service Journal which showed that staff are routinely put up in country houses, stately homes, expensive hotels and spa resorts.
“It is outrageous that almost £1million was spent on hotels for 36 inspections in 2014 - 15.
“Teams of investigators visit the various trusts including 36 who inspected Burton Hospitals Trust and were put up - at taxpayers expense - for three nights at Hoar Cross Hall.
“This is a grade II listed spa resort in Staffordshire where rooms cost £140 a night. It’s website informs us that it ‘pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service’.
“I’m sure they had a lovely stay but overworked nurses at the trust could doubtless suggest better ways that money could have been spent in the NHS, such as paying for more staff.
“It is obviously important that hospital trusts are kept on their toes by inspections, patients deserve no less, but UKIP would replace the CQC with county health boards and give further protection to whistleblowers,” said Mr Carver.