In the eight years to 2021, DHBs paid EY – a consultancy company – $13.8 million for health and management services, says Newsroom, with Counties Manukau paying the most. This adds to a worrying picture of DHBs spending on external contractors and consultants, and raises questions about our health system. “The big question is around the sums of money that are going out into a consultancy which could be invested within the health sector itself,” says Professor Robin Gauld, director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Health Systems and Technology.