DoH in consultant crackdown in NHS

Health minister Mike O'Brien has pledged to investigate the use of management consultants in the NHS.

At the NHS Alliance annual conference in Manchester last week, Mr O'Brien said more openness and transparency was required when private consultancies are used.

'What I do not want to see is consultants being employed to make difficult decisions. People are paid well to make difficult decisions and should make them,' said the health minister.

Responding to a health select committee report the DoH said data on use of management consultants in the NHS was 'neither consistent nor complete'.

The response backed a call for PCTs, SHAs and the DoH to publish details of all firms they employ and projects they are working on. A list of the 10 most expensive daily rates and sample contracts for peer review and analysis will also be published.

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