NHS Digital paid management consultants £1.2m for advice on GP IT overhaul

Full story in Pulse, 30 October 2018

NHS Digital has paid management consultants £1.2m to assist with its overhaul of GP IT systems, due next year.

McKinsey & Company was paid to carry out ‘strategy, engagement and procurement’ work on NHS Digital’s plans to launch a new GP IT systems framework in the summer.

The plans were announced in August with the launch of a contract tender worth £450m and could see GP practices forced to switch patient record IT providers.

GP leaders described the expenditure as ‘extraordinary and unwarranted’, adding that it is a ‘kick in the teeth to frontline NHS workers’ struggling with limited NHS resources.