NHS execs told to resign20th December 2011
A large number of NHS managers have been sent resignation letters asking them to resign from their jobs.
Labour said hundreds of senior health service managers had been asked to resign because their positions were no longer required as part of the government's reform of the NHS.
Although the reforms have not yet been passed by parliament, managers have already received perfunctory letters which explained what they should do and a pre-composed resignation letter which they need to post back by 31 December.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley should immediately stop the enforced resignation system.
He said the government was "steering the NHS towards the rocks" and would be responsible for the creation of a dearth of local leaders at a critical time.
He said: "Not only has he chosen the worst possible moment to reorganise the NHS, he now removes the very people who were crucial to holding things together."
"By combining the financial challenge with the biggest-ever reorganisation, the government has created the conditions for a perfect storm that threatens to engulf the NHS in 2012."
He added: "The government is steering the NHS towards the rocks and, unbelievably, is now busy throwing captain and crew overboard."
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