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NHS must expect more redundancies, health secretary says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39052.479769.DB (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1191
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. 1London

    More job losses in the NHS are inevitable before matters start to improve, the health secretary for England, Patricia Hewitt, told MPs last week.

    The harsh reality of the task set by the Department of Health for the NHS to reach a financial balance by the end of the current financial year would mean a “significant number of job losses and redundancies,” said Ms Hewitt.

    MPs on the parliamentary select committee on health were quizzing Ms Hewitt as part of their inquiry into public spending on health and social services.

    She said, “In …

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