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Cut NHS bureaucracy say Tories

6th October 2009

The Conservative Party's shadow health secretary has said that Britain could save significant amounts of money by reducing health service bureaucracy.

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Andrew Lansley told the Tory party conference in Manchester that he thought a reduction of one third could be made to the £4.5 billion spent every year on management and quangos within the NHS.

He accused the Labour party of allowing bureaucracy to spiral uncontrollably during their time in power.

He said that nurses were crippled with red tape and "top-down" performance targets meant that staff could not put patients' needs as their highest priority.

Mr Lansley pointed out that the cost of running primary care trusts had increased from £1.43 billion to £2.14 billion since 2005.

He added that the £200 million spent on managing the Department of Health could also be reduced. He said a Tory government would let patients choose who they wanted to treat them by making performance charts for individual doctors and surgeons available to the public.

Mr Lansley proposed that a £8,000 payment would be brought in so that elderly people who needed care would not have to put their homes up for sale to meet the costs.

The shadow health secretary said: "We will tolerate no waste. No poor value for money in NHS budgets."

 

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