Department of Health to cut two fifths of its staffBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1068-d (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1068
- Amanda Elliot
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 …