Costs Of NHS Reorganisation
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16 Apr 2012
New official figures list the costs of NHS redundancies in every community during the first year of the Government's NHS reorganisation. The figures reveal that Rotherham's NHS has already been forced to spend £2.25 million laying off staff - only for many expected to be re-employed elsewhere in the system.
The new figures come as a leaked Government 'business case' for its Health Bill confirms the vast overall costs of the Government’s NHS reorganisation. It confirms that £17.6 million in the Rotherham area is being held back from NHS patient care to pay for the reorganisation, in the form of a Government-ordered 2% Primary Care Trust budget hold back in 2011-12 and 2012-13 - amounting to £3.45 billion across England.
People will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste all this money on payouts only for many of the same staff to be re-employed in the new NHS organisations. This is just the first wave of redundancies as more are expected later this year and next as part of the Government’s reckless NHS reorganisation.
By pushing ahead with a reorganisation no-one wants, the Government are taking billions away from the NHS front-line when it needs to focus on patient care.