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.