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Mark Britnell: “I’ve got every intention of returning to the NHS”

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3239
  1. Rebecca Coombes, features editor
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. rcoombes{at}

In health circles mention the “revolving door” between government and favoured consultant firms, and the example of Mark Britnell often crops up. Rebecca Coombes spoke to him

In 2009, Britnell left his £253 000 job at the Department of Health to join the management consultant firm KPMG. This sparked much media comment because as director general for commissioning at the health department Britnell was responsible for the policy to encourage more private sector involvement in the health services. The resulting Framework for Securing External Support for Commissioners allowed a shortlist of firms, including KPMG, preferential access to NHS contracts. He also set up the competition and cooperation panel to ensure that the private sector had fair access to the NHS market. Because of these conflicts of interests Britnell was barred from lobbying the government during the first nine months of his new job.

A graduate of the NHS management training scheme, Britnell has a respected career in the NHS behind him, most notably as chief executive of …

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