Hiring private financial consultants drives NHS deeper into debt

Recruiting private consultants to advise on cutting NHS budgets is plunging the health service further into debt, Amicus warned today.

The union said some consultants were being paid £1,200 a day to give advice on how NHS trusts could reduce deficits.

Contracts worth up to £150,000 have been awarded to so-called ‘turnaround’ teams and usually ended up with hundreds of health jobs being axed, it claimed.

Derek Simpson, general secretary, said: “We have to combat the philosophy that private is best. Not only is private provision detrimental to patients, it is costing taxpayers millions of pounds.

“As the so-called ‘turnaround’ experience demonstrates so vividly, privatisation does not provide value for money.”




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