Andy Burnham: ‘It will be utterly galling for nurses who’ve just had a pay reduce from David Cameron to see he’s been handing out cheques like confetti to people who have now been rehired.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Almost 4,000 NHS employees who have been created redundant in the past four years have since been re-employed by the well being service.
Labour accused the government of “handing out cheques like confetti” soon after ministers admitted that, between May possibly 2010 and last November, 3,950 personnel have been produced redundant and have because been employed back.
Responding to a parliamentary question from Labour’s Julie Hilling, the MP for Bolton West, health minister Dan Poulter stated: “By reducing managers and administrators by over 21,100, we are freeing up further assets for patient care – £5.5bn in this parliament and £1.5bn every single year thereafter.
“The amount of Nationwide Overall health Services personnel estimated to have been produced redundant since May 2010 and subsequently, up until finally November 2013, re-employed by an NHS organisation on (a) a permanent basis is 2,570 and (b) a fixed-term contract basis is 1,380.”
Poulter cautioned that the figures, taken from the NHS’s electronic personnel record, had been “unvalidated”.
The shadow overall health secretary, Andy Burnham, explained: “It will be utterly galling for nurses who’ve just had a pay lower from David Cameron to see he is been handing out cheques like confetti to folks who have now been rehired. On his observe, we have witnessed payoffs for managers and spend cuts for nurses.
“It really is clear that people who obtained payoffs are now coming back to the NHS in ever better numbers. We want to know no matter whether the prime minister has honoured his promise to recover redundancy payments from men and women who have been re-employed by his new organisations.
“The sickening scale of the waste triggered by Cameron’s reorganisation is last but not least turning into clear. It will infuriate individuals who cannot get a GP appointment or nurses who are struggling to pay out the payments.”