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NHS professionals 'received £3m redundancy settlements'

NHS professionals 'received £3m redundancy settlements'

Nearly £3 million was awarded in redundancy settlements to members of staff who lost their jobs at an NHS Trust last year, it has emerged.

According to the Waltham Forest Guardian, the North East London and the City NHS Trust granted some £1.9 million in contractual payments following job losses in 2010-11, new figures obtained by the Labour party have shown.

Meanwhile, a further £929,000 was spent in the district of Redbridge over the same time period, but a spokesman for the body insisted the organisation could not provide details about exactly how many people it had made redundant.

That is because many of the professionals have since been employed elsewhere in the NHS, the official noted.

However, Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer told the news source: "People will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste nearly £3 million ... only for many of the same staff to be re-employed."

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Posted by Francesca Witney