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CfH is heavy user of consultants

5th June 2009

NHS Connecting for Health has been named by the health service's chief executive David Nicholson as "one of three big users" of consultancy services.


Speaking at a House of Commons Health Committee session, he said the Department of Health wanted to "significantly reduce the amount of consultancy we use" and the committee would "see it come down significantly within six months."

Mr Nicholson told the committee that considerable sums had been paid out on consultancy services by CfH, the DH’s Commercial Directorate and the "turnaround teams" which had been placed with bodies with financial problems.

He said the first two organisations had used consultants because "it was not an issue that we could get a lot of people to do these really very complicated technical things, so we had to use consultancy significantly."

Romsey MP Sandra Gidley said that CfH was "probably not the best example to use for money well spent."

Mr Nicholson countered: "It is a very good example to use of money well spent. It is probably one of the best managed, in financial terms, computer systems that the government has ever had."

The health service is thought to spend about £350 million every year on consultants. 

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Dennis Morrod

Thursday 11th June 2009 @ 7:00

But the NHS is failing because of the - Aging Population - surely? Well that is what the new Minister for Health believes. Apparently, all of the NHS's problems stems from people living too long not, £100,000 per doctor and £350 million on consultants etc., etc.

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Article Information

Title: CfH is heavy user of consultants
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11653
Date Added: 5th Jun 2009



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