Thousands of NHS staff made redundant have been rehired despite large payoffs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7606
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Thousands of managers and administration staff have been rehired despite being made redundant under the reorganisation of the NHS in England and receiving large financial settlements, it was revealed today.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee said during an evidence session on 17 December about public spending on health and social care that they had received information about the scale of staff payoffs and rehirings.

Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, said that 19 126 staff members had been made redundant as a result of the reorganisation and that of these 3261 had been rehired.

Of the people brought back, 2534 had come back within a year of losing their original job, and 403 had returned within 28 days of being made redundant. Some redundancy agreements …

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