Management consultants which decide where NHS funding cuts will fall have been paid millions [Image: Getty/iStock].

I’ll just leave this here – with a reminder that STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) are intended to restrict the availability of NHS services and render healthcare ripe for privatisation by provoking public unrest. In my opinion.

Firms including KPMG, McKinsey and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have made millions of pounds from plans that could lead to the closure or downgrade of NHS hospitals.

Health bosses have spent at least £17.6m on management consultants to draw up the strategies, which earmark cuts to departments and some A&Es.

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been created in 44 regions in a bid to revolutionise services while saving money in the face of an expected £900m NHS deficit this year.

The Press Association used the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to ask clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) how much has been spent on management consultants to formulate the plans.

The figures show £17,674,998 has been spent so far, though the final bill is likely to be far higher.

Eight out of 44 areas did not respond to the FOI request, while others only provided partial data.

Source: Government spent £17.6m on consultants hired to draw up NHS cutbacks

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