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The Labour Party has revealed the hidden cost of redundancy pay-outs in Bristol arising from the Government’s NHS re-organisation. The new figures come as a leaked report from the Department of Health confirms the full cost of the reorganisation at over £3 billion. The figures confirm that £28,110,576 in Bristol is being held back from NHS patient care to pay for the reorganisation. Reacting to the new figures, the MP for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy, described the Government’s NHS reforms as ‘a scandalous waste of money’.
The new official figures list the cost of NHS redundancies in every community during the first year of the Tory-led Government's NHS re-organisation. Figures reveal that Bristol's NHS has already been forced to spend £873,000 laying off staff - only for many expected to be re-employed elsewhere in the system. And this is just the first phase of redundancies - further damaging figures are expected in the summer.
The new figures come as a leaked Government 'business case' for its Health Bill confirms the vast overall cost of the Government’s NHS reorganisation amounts to £3.45bn across England.
Responding to new figures, Kerry McCarthy MP said:
"People will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds on payouts only for many of the same staff to be re-employed in the new NHS organisations. This is only the first wave of redundancies – more are expected as part of the Government’s NHS re-organisation that will cost over £28m in our area alone.
"This is a scandalous waste of money leaving Bristol's NHS counting the cost of David Cameron’s reckless proposals. By pushing ahead with a re-organisation no-one wants, the Government is taking billions away from the NHS front-line just as it needs to focus on patient care. At a time when thousands of nurses are also losing jobs because of the Government’s cuts, I think patients will feel betrayed by David Cameron’s reforms and they will never trust him again on the NHS."
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
"It is nothing short of scandalous that the Prime Minister is wasting billions on an unnecessary re-organisation whilst also cutting 4,000 nurses’ jobs.
“In Opposition, David Cameron promised no top-down re-organisation of the NHS. In office, he brought forward the biggest ever. Cameron is an NHS con-man and we will hold him to account for his betrayal of patients and staff.
“He has inflicted chaos on the NHS and patients are paying the price in longer waits and a growing postcode lottery.
“The argument in Westminster may be over but Labour is taking the battle for the NHS to every town, street and doorstep. We will be, as we have always been, the last line of defence for the NHS in your community. A vote for Labour in May is a positive vote for the NHS.”