29 December 2011
NHS South Yorkshire redundancies total £1.6m
Redundancy settlements in excess of £1.6 million have been given to workers in South Yorkshire as part of NHS reorganisation plans.
This is the figure that health secretary Andrew Lansley has given to Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, the Star reports.
The figure covers facilities in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster and Ms Flint has expressed fears that the actual figure may even be higher.
"At a time when waiting lists are creeping up and A&E departments are full, how many operations and treatments could be provided for £1.65 million?" she asked.
She accused the government of creating "unnecessary upheaval" with its plans to streamline primary care trusts (PCT) and give more power to GPs.
Ms Flint - who is currently shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change - stated one-third of the 300 employees at Doncaster PCT have already been made redundant.
However, staff are able to take up a new position within the NHS one month after they leave their posts.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson