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More than 50,000 NHS jobs will be lost

23rd February 2011

A new campaign group has warned that over 50,000 health service jobs could be scrapped because of government spending cutbacks.

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The campaign group False Economy said its research revealed the NHS had plans to get rid of 53,000 staff by 2016.

This figure is over twice the one estimated by trade unions in previous studies.

False Economy made use of freedom of information data in its study to come up with an estimate of how many cuts could be made.

However the government said the group were guilty of "scaremongering".

A Department of Health spokesman said: "We promised to reduce NHS bureaucracy and plough this money straight back into patient care, and that is exactly what we are delivering."

"Since last May, there are almost 2,500 more doctors, more nurses and more midwives - and 2,000 fewer managers."

In its study, False Economy drew attention to particular cuts, including East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust's plans to get rid of 1,013 full-time staff and University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust's prediction of 1,349 job losses.

False Economy said the total number of predicted and confirmed cuts was over 53,000.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association, said: "Slashing posts represents a false economy. Doctors and other NHS staff across the UK are working hard to deliver services more efficiently."

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