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Health cuts have begun

Issue No. 2212

Job cuts in the NHS have already started.

Figures released last week show that the number of health workers employed in the NHS fell by 3,400 between March and April.

This will accelerate fast as the government slashes £20 billion from the NHS budget.

The Tories have been lying, saying that the NHS is “ringfenced” and won’t face cuts.

In reality the NHS will only escape what they call “cuts” if it can make £20 billion of “efficiency savings”.

The white paper states that, “The NHS will need to achieve unprecedented efficiency gains.”

Yet the cuts will hit at the same time as billions are handed over to the private sector and spent on “restructuring”.

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