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Labour reveals true cost of NHS job losses

HOS.jpgLabour has revealed the hidden costs of redundancy pay-outs arising from the NHS re-organisation.

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

New, 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 Oxfordshire PCT has already been forced to spend £170,000 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 costs of the Government's NHS reorganisation. It confirms that over £35,000,000 in Oxfordshire is being held back from NHS patient care to pay for the reorganisation, in the form of a Government-ordered 2 per cent Primary Care Trust budget hold back in 2011-12 and 2012-13 - amounting to £3.45bn across England.

Andrew Smith MP said: "People will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste £170,000 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 later this year and next as part of the Government's reckless NHS re-organisation that will cost over £35,000,000 in Oxfordshire alone.

"Oxfordshire PCT is counting the cost of this Lib-Dem / Tory Coalition Government's arrogance. By pushing ahead with a re-organisation no-one wants, they are taking billions away from the NHS front-line, with thousands of nurses losing their jobs, just as it needs to focus on patient care. They will never be trusted on the NHS again. Labour will be, as we have always been, the last line of defence for the NHS in our community".

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