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Millions of pounds wasted on NHS management consultants, according to new research

Professor Andrew Sturdy, Professor in Management at the University of Bristol

20 February 2018

Millions of pounds are being wasted each year on NHS management consultants who are causing a service already under pressure to be less efficient rather than making things better, according to new research.

Experts at the Universities of Bristol, Seville and Warwick Business School worked together to collect four years of data from 120 hospital trusts in England. Their research is published in the journal Policy & Politics today.

This is the first time a study has closely examined this data, categorically showing that more spending on management consultants leads overall to a significant rise in inefficiency, ultimately worsening services.

The study gives an overall picture, but more research is urgently needed to find out the reason for the inefficiency management consultants are causing within the NHS. It may be due to consultants’ lack of knowledge of how the NHS works or the failure of managers to manage consultants or follow up on the advice they receive.

Hear about the research from researcher Professor Andrew Sturdy, Professor in Management at the University of Bristol. 

 

 

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