NHS may be forced to rely on private auditors, adding to costs

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4526
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The abolition of the government’s spending watchdog, the Audit Commission, could lead to the greater use of private financial consultants, a leading health economist has warned.

    Alan Maynard, professor of health economics at York University, said he was “shocked but not surprised” by the announcement last week by Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, that the commission would be wound down by 2012.

    “The commission has become very expensive,” Professor Maynard said. “The intention seems to be to use private consultancy firms instead, like Price Waterhouse and KPMG. The risk is that money will be spent inappropriately. But I …

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