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£300m spent on consultants’ by NHS last year

16th September 2009

The NHS allocated more than £300 million of its budget on management consultants last year, it has emerged.

Figures released by the Management Consultants Association (MCA) that the amount spent by the health service has almost doubled within the last three years, rising from £170 million in 2006, reports the Telegraph.

According to the MCA, the work done by these figures is “essential” to the NHS as it highlighted that they constitute just 0.3 per cent of the organisation’s total budget.

“Those who attack the use of management consultants by the NHS are undermining efforts to increase efficiency and improve patient care,” said Alan Leaman, chief executive of the MCA.

The Department of Health (DoH) has also defended the sum, telling the newspaper that the hiring of consultants offers “better value for money” for the taxpayer.

Earlier this week, the NHS banned premium rate phone calls from its services as the DoH claimed that it puts a strain on the finances of those with low incomes.

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