MCA responds to BMA report into fees paid to private consultancy firms by NHS

The MCA today responded to a report conducted by the Doctor, the magazine for BMA members which stated that at least £26 million had been paid to consultants by the NHS as part of plans to reorganize the health service. The report claimed that this came despite wsarning from healths leaders like the BMA who have been calling for greater investment to address the current medical workforce crisis with not enough staff to deliver front line care. Please see BMA statement here.

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive, Management Consultancies Association, said:

Consultants play a vital role in the public sector and according to recent research are valued by public sector leaders for the transformational impact, innovation and increased efficiency they bring. They enable this to happen while vital front line services continue to operate uninterrupted. The government has acknowledged the importance of engaging external suppliers in the transformation of public sector organisations and independent research shows on average our MCA consultants deliver benefits worth around £6 for every £1 spent in fees. MCA members, through our Consulting Excellence principles, are firmly committed to delivering excellent client service and value and bring expert knowledge and up to date innovative thinking and experience from other economic sectors.


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The Management Consultancies Association (MCA):

The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For over 60 years, the MCA has been the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public sector, media commentators and the general public. The MCA’s mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA’s member companies comprise over 60% of the UK consulting industry, employ around 45,000 consultants and work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape. To see full list of current MCA members see link –

Compliance with the MCA’s tough entry criteria and adherence to the principles of Consulting Excellence means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards.