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CNO spends £1m on consultants

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The chief nursing officer spent nearly £1million on consultants last year, according to data from the Department of Health.

Nursing Times’ analysed details of all spending over £25,000 by the DH for the year to March 2011, published as part of the government’s transparency agenda. The analysis reveals a total of £36.8m of spending attributed to Dame Christine Beasley’s office.

The CNO’s directorate spent £590,000 with PA Consulting, which received just under £3m in total from the department. Dame Christine’s office spent £215,000 with Frontline Consultants Ltd in the year.

The majority of money spent by the CNO was in grants to non-profit organisations and public bodies. For example, Acorns Hospice Trust received £2.9m from Dame Christine’s office. The office spent over £700,000 on “printing” — primarily with the Central Office of Information, part of the cabinet office. Meanwhile, the office of NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh spent more than £1.5m on consulting in the year.

The data, which may not include all items of spending, shows that the department as a whole spent at least £65m on consultants. It also shows the DH paid almost £250,000 to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and total of £139,000 to the Royal College of Nursing in the year. The DH spent £326m on “outsourcing” and £5m on legal fees during the year.

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  • i want to a consultant might earn a bit more.

    but hey they (she) should do all that herself thats why she is in post isn't it? so safe *%$* loads of money........

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  • Disgusting! This bloated desk-jockey wouldn’t need to spend £Millions on consultants if she got off her large chair-bound derrière and actually consulted with the people she is supposed to be leading. Get rid of her now!

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  • Hang on a minute, wasn't she supposed to be sodding off months back? Or was the bloated salary for doing sod all too much to give up?

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  • She's in post until October then goodness knows who/what replaces her.

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  • Anon, It will be a carbon copy/clone with a differnt name and slightly different appearance, but no less innefectual or useless. There won't be a boat rocking radical bone in their body as they will be too busy nodding their heads and grinning inanely whilst picking up a ridiculous salary no doubt.

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  • Steve Williams

    F&F plan yet again.

    Go see Turks and Caicos or Bermuda to see how "consultancy" means shifting millions of wonga to your chums.

    Disgusting practice.

    At least at T&C the British Government has done something about it.... It is a shame that they didn't look in their own backyard....

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  • Steve Williams

    F&F plan yet again.

    Go see Turks and Caicos or Bermuda to see how "consultancy" means shifting millions of wonga to your chums.

    Disgusting practice.

    At least at T&C the British Government has done something about it.... It is a shame that they didn't look in their own backyard....

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  • Not that she'll give a proverbial Steve. She'll be off soon so she'll be milking all she can out of the system before waddling off with a nice fat bonus and generous pension. Allright for some.

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  • When this is eventually prised-out from behind its desk at the DH, I’m sure it will wedge itself behind the desk of one of the many private companies now operating within the ‘NHS!’

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  • Funny how the only one to defend the CNO signed in as anonymous. Can't stand the woman myself but like an awful lot of the other detractors I have the integrity to put my name to it.

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