Monday 12 March 2018 / 6:52 PM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Ballooning costs of NHS consultancy fees is entirely unacceptable – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that NHS Improvement paid McKinsey £500,000 to help with organisation development, said:

“The ballooning costs of consultancy fees is entirely unacceptable, especially at a time of profound pressure on NHS finances. The scandalous findings recently that management consultants are in many cases making the NHS less efficient should have alarm bells ringing.

“Our new analysis finds that NHS consultancy spend by Trusts is already 54.9 per cent higher than planned in the first nine months of this year. A clampdown is necessary. That’s why the next Labour Government is committed to halving the fees paid to management consultants in the NHS.

“This Government has overseen a devastating decline in NHS finances, culminating in the worst winter crisis on record. Theresa May should be ashamed that money is spent so fruitlessly when NHS staff working round the clock are struggling under a lack of resources and adequate funding.”