Changes to NHS ‘will cost millions’

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
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A BLACKPOOL MP has hit out after figures show Blackpool’s NHS has been forced to spend more than £500,000 laying off staff as part of Government plans.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, claims more than £11m is being held back from patient care in the resort to pay for the reorganisation, as a leaked report from the Department of Health confirmed the full costs of the reorganisation nationally at more than £3bn.

Mr Marsden said: “This is an appalling waste of money, underlining the very real and damaging effects the Government’s ill-advised reorganisation of the NHS is having for us here in Blackpool.

“It is incredible more than half a million pounds has been spent on redundancy payments for staff – many of whom may then be re-hired by the new GP Commissioning Groups being set up to replace the primary care trusts.

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“These changes aren’t only wasteful, they risk being harmful – longer waiting times and problems for older people needing social care and NHS facilities to work closely together.

“That’s why I challenged Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last month – telling him how the Government’s plans were putting at risk all the joint working and initiatives built up between local health bosses and the council in recent years working together in tandem at Bloomfield Road.”

Under the Government NHS reform plans, current primary care trusts will be scrapped and GPs and other clinicians will be given more responsibility for spending the budget in England, while greater competition with the private sector will be encouraged.

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