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NHS chairwoman quits

30th June 2006

The chairwoman of an NHS trust has resigned in protest at government health reforms.

Debbie Abrahams handed her notice in to the Rochdale NHS Trust because of her disquiet over the use of private health companies in the NHS. She was one of about 200 demonstrators who marched through Manchester in protest over health service jobs cuts.

The government plans to halve the number of PCTs and cut the number of health authorities in the UK.

The plans would cut the number of PCTs from about 300 to between 70 and 130, and reduce the number of strategic health authorities from 28 to nine.

The government hopes the money saved by cutting PCTs can be spent on patient care. But about 800 jobs are expected to go at Pennine Acute Trust to cover its £21m deficit.

The trust runs hospitals in Bury, North Manchester, Rochdale and Oldham.

Earlier this month, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced the NHS's overall deficit was £512m.

 

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