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Cuts Watch #97: NHS jobs to go in Secretary of State’s Constituency

28 Jun 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge is very likely to cut 500 jobs – including 170 nurses – over the next financial year and a further 200 over the following two years. The hospital has been told to make ‘efficiency savings’ of £35 – £40 million over three years. There is a recruitment freeze, but compulsory job losses seem likely as an appeal in April only produced 51 volunteers for redundancy.

Geoff Heathcock, the (Liberal Democrat) chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s health and care scrutiny committee said, “”It is appalling that within weeks of a new government promising to protect frontline posts in the NHS this is announced. It doesn’t get more frontline than nurses.

Ironically, Addenbrooke’s MP is Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley.

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  2. Richard Blogger
    Jun 28th 2010, 11:37 am

    These are just the tip of the iceberg. Lansley’s plan is to downsize hospitals on a large scale. At the NHS Confederation conference last week he said “Patients do not like going to hospitals” (as a patient I can tell you than Lansley has not asked me). He is an anti-hospital Health Secretary.

    His first part of the plan is to hand all commissioning of treatment to GPs. GPs are private companies, so this is £80bn of public money handed to unaccountable private companies with no scrutiny. And they can spend as much of it as they like commissioning themselves. That means real, and very deep cuts, to hospital funding. This plan is due to start in 2012, but the Treasury have already blocked it on the grounds that they cannot allow so much public money to be spent with no public scrutiny.

    The second part of the plan is, as he said in his manifesto launch speech, “we will invite-in the private sector”. This is not competitive tendering, it is privatisation. Your local NHS hospital will either turn into a type of franchise department store where different wards and clinics will be run by different companies; or it will be taken over entirely by a private company; or or it will shrink as the services are transfered to private hospitals and then eventually close.

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