Controversial McKinsey cost revealed

2010 Hydref 19 2:10 PM

"The most expensive PowerPoint presentation ever" Kirsty Williams

The First Minister was today forced to reveal the cost of the controversial McKinsey report when challenged by the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams.

Research by the Welsh Liberal Democrats revealed that £760,000 was spent by the Health Minister's Department on external consultants. Under pressure from Kirsty Williams, the First Minister was forced to reveal the £500,000 shocking cost of McKinsey.

The Welsh Assembly Government has been refusing to reveal the cost of the McKinsey report stating that 'As the cost is commercial in confidence it would be inappropriate for me to provide you with figures.'

Over the past weeks and months, the Labour-Plaid government has been downplaying the significance of this report however, given that this forms the financial basis for the next five years of the NHS and that it cost £500,000, the true significance of this report has been revealed.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"This is yet another example of appalling waste, incompetence and mismanagement by the Labour-Plaid government.

"I am shocked the Health Minister approved the spending of £500,000 on a report that the Health Minister hasn't even seen and previously described as 'a little discussion paper'

"This must be the most expensive PowerPoint presentation ever. That's £6,500 per slide. "The Health Minister and the First Minister have been downplaying the significance of this report however its true value and worth has been revealed today.

The Health Minister has based the future of the NHS on this document and today we find out it costs £500,000.

"This is unacceptable at a time when we need a government that can achieve more with less but we have a Labour-Plaid Government that achieves less with more."

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