As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today (see below), Michael has revealed the hidden cost of the Government’s wasteful NHS reorganisation in Barnsley. New guidelines have forced Barnsley PCT to put aside £17,942,169 from their budget this year and next to pay for the costly NHS restructure.
The financial request is in the Government’s new NHS 'Operating Framework' document and takes the nationwide cost of the NHS reorganisation above previous estimates of £2-3bn, with Primary Care Trusts now holding back £3.44bn over two years.
Last week leading doctors from the British Medical Association voted to call for an immediate halt to the Government’s costly and controversial Health Bill.
Commenting, Michael said:
"These shocking new figures show the Government’s reorganisation is costing the NHS even more than we first feared. Spending this amount on an unnecessary reorganisation is totally unjustifiable when every single penny should be focused on maintaining standards of care in Barnsley. It is scandalous that the Government is telling local PCTs to hold back millions of pounds whilst thousands of nursing jobs are being axed.
“The people of Barnsley did not vote for the Government’s plans and our doctors, nurses and patients have already expressed huge concerns. Yet the Government is ploughing on with their Health Bill, ignoring public and professional opinion. The time has come for the Government to listen and put the NHS first.”