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Letters Private management consultants in public health

Private management consultants: evaluate their work, but don’t forget to ask why their use in the NHS is so high

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2545 (Published 20 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2545
  1. Stephen Black, data scientist
  1. Black Box Data Science, Biggleswade, UK
  1. steve.i.black{at}gmail.com

There is a widespread populist belief that management consulting is a racket designed to take money from virtuous but naive public bodies. Articles like the editorial by Bruch and colleagues perpetuate that belief while failing to ask why the use of management consultants is apparently so prevalent in the NHS.1

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