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GP investigation shows pounds 280,000 average spend by PCTs on private firms.
More than half of PCTs used private firms or consultants to help commission services in 2008/9, a GP investigation has found.
In addition, a fifth of PCTs use private companies to develop, write or improve their strategic plans, the investigation shows.
Data obtained from 64 PCTs under the Freedom of Information Act show that they paid an average of pounds 284,329 each to private firms in 2008/9. PCTs used an average of four firms each to provide advice or support.
Fourteen PCTs admitted a private firm was paid to write, develop or improve their annual or long-term …