Michael Gove defended the £7,000 a day charges paid to consultants serving to the Government create and function its coronavirus test and trace system.
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was paid £10m for 40 consultants working between April and August, paperwork seen by Sky News revealed. Sky mentioned the Government received a 10 to fifteen% low cost from BCG.
The Conservative Government’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, defended the quantity spent on consultants, amid heavy criticism over the Government’s whole spend of £12bn for the test and trace system.
Asked whether or not the spend was a good use of public cash, Mr Gove mentioned: “Yes.”
The Cabinet Office minister continued: “Two issues – firstly, it is completely important that we’ve got all of the experience required from the personal and the general public sector so as to enhance testing.
“As I identified earlier, we’ve got a increased degree of testing on this nation than in another European nation, we have enhancing contact tracing on a regular basis. Local well being safety groups are doing significantly nicely in that regard.
“Separately, I’ve been clear as my colleague Lord Agnew within the Cabinet Office has, that we have to scale back our spend on consultants general, however within the meantime, we’ll do no matter it takes to guarantee that we defend the NHS.”
Shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth described the figures being paid out as “actually surprising”.
He mentioned: “Testing and contact tracing is failing to maintain the virus underneath management, which makes it much more disgraceful that such large sums of cash are being spent on one thing that is not match for objective.”
Liberal Democrat MP Munira Wilson mentioned: “Just think about how far that cash would go if it was given to native authorities.
“They are paying these consultants the weekly equal of what a nurse earns in a 12 months.”