Surrey County Council paid about £2.5m last year to healthcare providers for beds it did not use, it has emerged.
The authority said it was "worried" by the figure paid to health firms Anchor and Care UK but was working to renegotiate the contracts.
Under the terms of the contracts, the council pays the companies for the use of 1,000 beds. Last year, about 10% of those beds were not needed.
Opposition councillors accused the authority of wasting taxpayers' money.
My comment: Surrey County Council illustrates why most councils aren't fit to negotiate a roundabout let alone a commercial contract.
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