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NHS consultancy bill of more than £300m in England

NHS trusts in England spent more than £300m on external consultancy services in 2009-10, figures show.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley described the amount as "staggering", but both Labour and NHS managers say the figure - less than half of 1% of the NHS budget - was justified.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 21 Aug 2010
  • From the section Health