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Unions clash with government on NHS job cut figures

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1261 (Published 24 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1261
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Unions have clashed with the English government over claims that more than 50 000 posts from the NHS will be cut over the next five years—more than double previous estimates.

A campaign website opposed to the NHS changes, False Economy, which is supported by the Trades Union Congress, published the figures based on its investigation into planned and potential cuts across the NHS. But the Department of Health has dismissed the figures as inaccurate and “scaremongering.”

The False Economy website said it had gathered data from NHS trusts under the Freedom of Information Act, together with figures sourced by the Royal College of Nursing, press reports and foundation trusts’ annual plans published by the national regulator Monitor.

The total of confirmed, planned and potential NHS staff cuts across the UK over the next five years currently stood at 53 150 posts, said the website, and that figure was likely …

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