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Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour are Letting Consultants Run Off with £70 Billion of our Money

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:266

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  1. Alex Paton (, retired consultant physician, Oxfordshire

    Waste and inefficiency in the NHS is into lerable. A penny wasted is a penny stolen from a patient.” Thus Patricia Hewitt, the present health secretary and former board member of Andersen Consulting, trying to dig herself out of the financial mess that is the NHS. Ironically, according to Plundering the Public Sector, it is largely because of the billions of pounds wasted by new Labour on management consultants and information technology that the NHS is near bankrupt. The authors, David Craig, 20 years in management, and Richard Brooks, former tax inspector, provide a gripping and almost unbelievable account of the way taxpayers are …

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