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Management Consultants

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

13. How much was spent by the NHS on management consultants in the last year for which figures are available. (95972)

The Department does not collect information from NHS organisations that would allow an analysis of the cost of management consultants.

Perhaps I can help. Advice was given at the Mesothelioma UK patients and carers conference in Manchester on 5 October that £179 million was spent on management consultants. How can I explain that to my constituents who are waiting for Alimta, which will cost £5 million a year?

I am sure that my hon. Friend agrees that there is a role for management consultants, when they add value to the decisions and issues that managers in the national health service must address. We hope and expect managers to exercise proper judgment in deciding when to use management consultants. If management consultants add value and lead to an improvement in patient care, Government and Opposition Members would say that they have an important role to play. However, we also accept that good judgment must be exercised when consultants are used.