NHS England spending on consultants doubles
NHS England spent almost 50% more on external consultancy last year than in the previous year, according to the Health Service Journal.
The journal said NHS England spent £26.6 million on consultants in 2017-18 compared with £18.3m in the previous year.
Top firms providing consultancy to NHS England included Deloittes (£4m); Benchmark Management Consulting (£2.2m); Moorhouse Consulting (£1.4m); Ernst & Young (£1m); and KPMG (£800k), the journal reported.
North east London’s NHS commissioning support unit (NEL CSU) was one of the biggest spenders, according to the journal's analysis of figures in NHS England’s annual report.
NHS Improvement’s spending on consultancy work also increased dramatically from £6k in 2016-17 to £396,000 in 2017-18.
However, by far the largest spend on management consultancy was by NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and trusts.
Their spending on external consultants fell from £3.7 billion in 2016-17 to £3.4 billion last year.