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Department of Health to cut two fifths of its staff

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1068
  1. Amanda Elliot
  1. London

    The health secretary, John Reid, has announced cuts that will see the number of staff at the Department of Health shrink by more than a third over the next 12 months.

    Dr Reid said the plans to shed 1400 central staff–38% of the total–by October 2004 were the “most significant and ambitious ever undertaken by a Whitehall department.”

    He told the House of Commons health select committee's inquiry into public expenditure last week that he wanted to redirect savings to the front line of the …

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