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True picture of NHS redundancies: 21,000 jobs have gone

Health Emergency have condemned the government’s attempt to sow confusion over the true level of job losses in the NHS.

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Campaign group Health Emergency revealed that 21,000 jobs have been lost since February this year, as NHS trusts struggle to claw back financial deficits.

Health minister Lord Warner claimed, “The figures we have published show the true picture of redundancies in the NHS – just over 900, not the inflated figure some have claimed.”

But Health Emergency’s figures are based not just on compulsory redundancies, but also voluntary redundancies and posts that will remain unfilled.

All of these job losses will impact upon patient care and will add to the stress of those workers who remain. And the figure is not plucked from the air, as Lord Warner seems to imply. It is a rigorously compiled dossier based on individual announcements.

Health Emergency head of campaigns, Geoff Martin, said, “Many trusts across the country have blanket recruitment freezes in place and are deleting vacant posts. That means not enough staff are left to run key services with dire consequences for patient care.”

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Sat 4 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2025
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