Two project managers appointed by single tender action were together paid twice as much as the six strong health panel that produced ‘Transforming Your Care,’ the Department of Health’s road map for reshaping the health service in Northern Ireland.
The Provost and Dean of Academic Development at Magee, Professor Deirdre Heenan, received less than £10,000
Former Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), John Compton, and five independent panel members who helped produce the document received £46,753.81 between them.
But the Department of Health has revealed that two project managers appointed to work on the project without competition got £89,000.
Deloitte was paid £89,019 (ex VAT) for the work of the two project managers.
Separately, McCann PR was paid £8,400 (ex VAT) whilst the total cost of venues for stakeholder meetings came to £3,000 (ex VAT).
An Omnibus Survey conducted by Ipsos Mori cost £7,800 (ex VAT).
The Department said it had to appoint the private consultants due to tight timescales and to provide skills not readily available within the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).
Releasing the information in response to a Freedom of Information request the Department of Health stated: “A support team, managed by the HSCB, for both the Independent Panel (IP) and the HSCB Review Team (HRT) included two project managers provided by a management consultancy firm and representatives of a public relations firm who handled media, political and media engagements and provided project management.
“The two project managers, used to provide skills not available within the HSCB within the project timeframe, were appointed by Single Tender Action from Deloitte due to the tight timescales involved.
“Deloitte were chosen as they had successfully completed for similar work in recent past.
“The Public Relations consultancy was handled by McCann PR, appointed through Single Tender Action.”
The payments to the independent panel were as follows.
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, received less than £18,000 for his participation.
As aforementioned, Professor Deirdre Heenan, received less than £10,000.
Dr Ian Rutter, A Yorkshire GP, received less than £9,000.
Paul Simpson, a retired senior civil servant, received less than £8,000.
And Mark Ennis, the Executive chair of renewable electricity firm SSE Ireland, received less than £4,000.