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More NHS job losses in Scotland

18th October 2010

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Health Secretary, has announced that the number of senior managers in the NHS is to be reduced by 25%.

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Ms Sturgeon explained to the SNP conference in Perth that the cuts would help to ensure new schemes, such as the abolishing of prescription costs, would go ahead in 2011.

She said the job cuts were being made as part of a savings drive to make £100 million available annually.

The deputy SNP head assured her audience that "frontline" health service spending would not be reduced.

She told the delegates that health boards would be "expected to cut the number of senior managers by 25%...because when budgets are tight we must spend every penny that we possibly can directly on patient care."

"That saving, together with other non-clinical efficiency savings, will release more than £100m a year - money that will help to protect services, ensure the highest quality of patient care and protect the fundamental values of our NHS."

Ms Sturgeon told the audience that the SNP was committed to getting rid of prescription charges in Scotland by April next year. 

The government has reduced prescription costs from a starting point of nearly £7 over the last few years and Ms Sturgeon said the unwell should not have to pay for "Labour's economic mess".

 

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Article Information

Title: More NHS job losses in Scotland
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16408
Date Added: 18th Oct 2010

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