Energy managers have been stoutly defended for saving the NHS “many times” their own salaries after getting a bashing from the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
The body criticised a number of NHS Trusts for overspending on energy and branded energy and sustainability roles – alongside PR and EU positions – as a waste of public cash.
But Lord Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association said the criticism shows a “fundamental misunderstanding” of the role of energy managers.
He said: “Hospitals are complex 24/7 operations that are very energy intensive. Controlling energy cost is a constant battle. At a time when energy prices look set to rise significantly over the next five years, this will mean that the NHS will have to contribute more to the energy suppliers and in a time of limited budgets find the savings from frontline services.”
Lord Redesdale added: “Energy managers will save multiple times their own salary through doing their job. Questioning their worth as the Taxpayers’ Alliance has done, is a clear example of understanding the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”