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The cost of NHS re-organisation - 11:15 am, Mon 30th Apr 2012

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New figures revealed by the Labour Party reveal the hidden costs of redundancy pay-outs in Bolton arising from David Cameron's NHS re-organisation. 

The figures come as a leaked report from the Department of Health confirms the full costs of the reorganisation at over £3 billion.

Official figures list the costs of NHS redundancies in every community during the first year of the Tory-led Government's NHS re-organisation. Figures reveal that Bolton's NHS has already been forced to spend £230,000 laying off staff - many are expected to be re-employed elsewhere in the system. 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 costs of the Government’s NHS reorganisation. It confirms that £18,906,907 is being held back from NHS patient care in Bolton, to pay for the reorganisation. The Government has ordered Primary Care Trust’s to hold back 2 per cent of their budget in 2011-12 and 2012-13 - amounting to £3.45bn across England.

People will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste £230,000 on payouts, only for many of the same staff to be re-employed in the new NHS organisations. If this is just the first wave, how much money will be wasted on this restructure in the future?

Bolton's NHS is counting the cost of David Cameron's arrogance. By pushing ahead with a re-organisation no-one wants, he is taking billions away from the NHS front-line. This will surely have an impact on patient care.

Cameron promised to protect the NHS but his back-office waste has resulted in front-line cuts, with thousands of nurses also losing their jobs since he became Prime Minister.

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Ulrike Hill
Message left at 09:16 am, Thu 11th Jul 2013
Dear David, As a specific case of grievance about the threat of closure of Bolton's A & E Department: Ringing 111 and my doctor's surgery with worries about developments after an accident ended with the advice to go to A & E. I was not bad enough to need an ambulance, but bad enough to need a taxi. The physically painful wait was short and everyone was reassuring by taking the trouble to see me as a person. The consultation with the doctor was exceptionally helpful by not only making me understand clearly what I am dealing with and how to do that. The doctor also made a connection to a condition I had from birth, which is becoming more significant with age. A simple strategy is now addressing this. Although this would have been there for my GP to spot, the specialism and experience of a doctor dealing with accidents helped probably to focus on the connections. If the A & E department had been in Manchester I would have felt unable to go unless the misery had overwhelmed me sufficiently. In a hectically busy A & E department in Manchester I doubt if the doctor would have had enough time allowed for the issue to be touched. The idea of losing our A & E department touches me like a nightmare. I hope others will add their stories to give you ammunition in the fight for the NHS. With kind regards, Ulrike Hill 3 Sunlight Road Bolton
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