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CNO spends £1m on consultants


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.


Readers' comments (25)

  • I would actually love to see her respond to these comments and comments on other threads where she has graced us with her wisdom, just to see her try and justify her complete ineptitude in leading our profession and justify her bloated salary and position too when she does.

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  • Phil Dup

    The NMC website shows two Christine Beasleys as currently Registered - if one of these is our illustrious 'Leader' I'd love to know how she gets the time to do some 'hands on' real Nursing whilst obviously being soooo busy running an Office that spends such vast amounts of money. Its a bloody farce and just shows the gravy Trains are still running on time even if the real ones aint.

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  • Any idea who the next CNO will be or should be?

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  • I heard Andrew Lansley is being put forward for it.

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  • Anonymous | 14-Jun-2011 9:32 pm I know who it SHOULD be, a Nurse who is a highly qualified clinical practitioner, not just a wannabe politician, someone who acts as a visible and outspoken figurehead for our profession, who actually has enough backbone to fight for Nurses, to demand fair pay, working conditions etc, and will raise holy hell at the merest hint of a threat to our pay/pensions/job security. It should be someone who DEMANDS EQUAL say in the running of the NHS, not someone who would bend over and wait for whatever crumbs the GP consortiums and the government throw our way, a real leader would be kicking the governments door down and TELLING them how best to run the NHS and look after our patients, (take note Beasley) and it should be someone who would demand and ensure best practice is met throughout the entire profession by ensuring high quality training and instilling a concrete post grad CPD program, and someone who ensures that our patients are looked after by demanding a LEGALISED Nurse/patient ratio and also someone who would not take no for an answer on this. It should be someone who increases the public perception of our profession simply by association, by epitomising the highly qualified, skilled professionals we are.

    I could go on for a while yet.

    However, we will not get anyone close to this.

    As I said earlier, it will be a carbon copy/clone of what we have had before, the usual pompous twin set and pearl nodding dog, with a different name and slightly different appearance, but no less ineffectual 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 and ensuring that their own nests are comfortably feathered whilst the profession struggles on.

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