Nearly four,000 NHS employees laid off then rehired in excess of three and a half many years

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An estimated three,950 NHS employees have been created redundant and subsequently rehired amongst May 2010 and November 2013. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Labour accused the government of handing out NHS redundancy cheques “like confetti” on Monday as it emerged that virtually four,000 health services staff in England had been manufactured redundant then re-employed in excess of 3-and-a-half many years.

With union anger still simmering at last week’s government announcement that hundreds of 1000′s of NHS employees would be denied a 1% shell out rise, the Department of Health admitted it could not break the “unvalidated” figures down into what variety of jobs these who left the support were performing when they were manufactured redundant. Nor could it say which jobs they had taken when they were rehired.

David Cameron’s official spokesman insisted reforms had been on the way and blamed Labour for “unacceptably lax” guidelines on redundancy when in workplace.

Overall health minister Dan Poulter mentioned an estimated three,950 NHS employees have been made redundant among May 2010 and November 2013 and subsequently rehired, two,570 of them getting been employed on a long lasting basis and 1,380 on fixed-term contracts. The figures came in a written parliamentary solution to Julie Hilling, Labour MP for Bolton West, who has described them as “quite surprising”.

Poulter’s response explained that “by decreasing managers and administrators by in excess of 21,a hundred, we are freeing up further resources for patient care – £5.5bn in this parliament and £1.5bn every 12 months thereafter”.

The shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, said: “It will be utterly galling for nurses who’ve just had a shell out minimize from David Cameron to see he’s been handing out cheques like confetti to folks who have now been rehired. On his watch we have witnessed spend-offs for managers and pay cuts for nurses.

“It really is clear that people who obtained spend-offs are now coming back to the NHS in ever greater numbers”, mentioned Burnham. “We need to have to know whether or not the prime minister has honoured his promise to recover redundancy payments from people who have been re-employed by his new organisations.

“The sickening scale of the waste induced by Cameron’s reorganisation is finally becoming clear. It will infuriate folks who cannot get a GP appointment or nurses who are struggling to pay the expenses.”

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “It is essential for action to be taken in this region. That is why reforms are getting created to redundancy arrangements [for senior managers], which includes the capping of payouts and the ability to claw back some or all of the payments if individuals individuals concerned return to operate within a 12 months of being made redundant.

“When it comes to administrative employees in the NHS, there are now 21,000 fewer administrative posts since 2010,” the Downing Street spokesman mentioned. “We are possessing to deal with the legacy of earlier contractual arrangements.”

A Conservative overall health spokesman said: “This is sheer hypocrisy from Labour – this Government’s hands were tied by unacceptably lax guidelines on redundancy which they put into contracts in 2006, and which we’re reforming.”

Peter Carter, basic secretary of the Royal School of Nursing, said: “This staggering waste is an insult to the challenging functioning nurses who were told just final week that there was not adequate money for a modest spend uplift to support cope with the increasing expense of living. If there is funds to hand out to senior managers who are returning to the overall health services, but none to aid nursing workers who have endured 3 many years of spend restraint, then we are dealing with some critically warped priorities.”

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