To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of spending on external consultants by (a) the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, (b) the UK Health Security Agency, (c) NHS England, and (d) NHS Digital in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2022; and whether any of that spending related to the preparation of funding bids to (A) his Department and (B) HM Treasury.
The following table shows the expenditure on consultancy on external consultants in the financial years 2019/20 to 2021/22. Expenditure values for 2022/23 are not yet available. The Department does not hold the detail behind the expenditure.
Expenditure on consultancy (£ million)
NHS England - Group
UK Health Security Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22.
NHS Commissioning Board Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22. Expenditure for the NHSE Group including Commissioning Support Units and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
NHS Digital Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.