MPs clash over NHS Wirral redundancy costs

Wirral Globe: Wallasey MP Angela Eagle Wallasey MP Angela Eagle

THE Government has come under fire for “wasting” more than £2m on laying off NHS staff in Wirral.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle said that forcing Wirral Primary Care Trust to spend so much on redundancies was a “disgrace” and patient care could suffer as a result.

Her comments come after a leaked report from the Department of Health showed the full costs of the re-organisation to be more than £3bn.

Ms Eagle said: “These figures are truly shocking.

“The full cost of this Tory Government’s disastrous top down reorganisation of our NHS is laid bare. “It is a disgrace Wirral PCT have been forced to waste £2.26m laying off staff, only for many to be re-employed in new NHS organisations.

“This is only the first wave of redundancies - more are expected later this year and next as part of the Government’s reckless NHS re-organisation that will cost nearly £25m in our area alone.

“Across the country, and here in Wallasey, this disastrous top down reorganisation is wasting millions of pounds while also drastically cutting the number of nurses.

“David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley are pushing ahead with a disastrous re-organisation that nobody wants, taking millions away from NHS front-line services and putting patient care at risk.”

However Wirral West Conservative MP Esther McVey said costs have been kept to a minimum and that more cash would be put into frontline services.

Ms McVey said: “Inevitably when there is a change there is cost attributable to that and it is essential we keep that cost to a minimum which has been done.

"Leading on from this the NHS reforms will save £4.5bn over the rest of this Parliament and £1.5bn a year to 2020, which will all be put into front line services with all the benefits that will bring to the public and the NHS.

“It is clear that other parties would be cutting the budget where we in the Conservative Party are the only party that has pledged to increase spend in the NHS.

“Many of these changes may never have been necessary if the previous Labour Government had not wasted £12bn on a computer system that never worked, that alone would have paid the salaries of 60,000 nurses for a decade.

“Labour also left the Government a £60bn bill for the NHS from PFI, and under Labour consultancy costs of £314m spiralled out of control and completely overshadows the redundancy costs."

NHS Wirral issued a brief statement to confirm the cost of redundancies.

A spokesman said: “Since 2009, the government has required PCTs to reduce management costs by 45% as part of the challenge to reduce running costs and release savings for patient care.

"NHS Wirral has had a programme of voluntary measures in place to achieve this reduction, resulting in severance payments of £2.26M in 2010/11 and £802k in 2011/12.”

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12:30pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

I don't think we need take any lessons from Angela Eagle with regard to NHS spending.

It was her government that poured a fortune into Labour’s multi-billion pound project to close the ‘health gap’ between the middle classes and the poor. This was described as an abject failure by National Audit Office. Not only did NHS managers fail to reach targets set, but the difference in life expectancy between the poor and the rest of the population actually widened.

The total cost of this 'abject failure' - an estimated £20 billion.
I don't think we need take any lessons from Angela Eagle with regard to NHS spending. It was her government that poured a fortune into Labour’s multi-billion pound project to close the ‘health gap’ between the middle classes and the poor. This was described as an abject failure by National Audit Office. Not only did NHS managers fail to reach targets set, but the difference in life expectancy between the poor and the rest of the population actually widened. The total cost of this 'abject failure' - an estimated £20 billion. Ben Beaconsfield

2:17pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Popps says...

Every goverment Conservative and labour has made mistakes, but i however will still support Labour, i am suprised that Nick Clegg is wanting these changes..
Every goverment Conservative and labour has made mistakes, but i however will still support Labour, i am suprised that Nick Clegg is wanting these changes.. Popps

7:55pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Jimrob says...

Popps wrote:
Every goverment Conservative and labour has made mistakes, but i however will still support Labour, i am suprised that Nick Clegg is wanting these changes..
You are quite right popps except Conservatives are no nonger Conservatives. Labour are no longer Labour and the lib/dems were never anything anyway.

The Government we elect at th ballot box are NOT the people in charge of this country, the Civil Servants and multi-nation businesses ARE.

That's why successive Governments are bound to fail, as they are all advised by the same un-elected people.

Democracy eh??????
[quote][p][bold]Popps[/bold] wrote: Every goverment Conservative and labour has made mistakes, but i however will still support Labour, i am suprised that Nick Clegg is wanting these changes..[/p][/quote]You are quite right popps except Conservatives are no nonger Conservatives. Labour are no longer Labour and the lib/dems were never anything anyway. The Government we elect at th ballot box are NOT the people in charge of this country, the Civil Servants and multi-nation businesses ARE. That's why successive Governments are bound to fail, as they are all advised by the same un-elected people. Democracy eh?????? Jimrob

8:54pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Ivorromaleyn says...

If we want to stop waster in public finance start in the palace of Westminster
Party political point scoring at public expense is no longer acceptable.
Clearly Political Parties are corrupt ande for hire by ve4sted interests.
I suggest public enquirey into finding a cheaper more effective foim of democracY
Direct Mafia rule might be more cost affective and based on common sense.
If we want to stop waster in public finance start in the palace of Westminster Party political point scoring at public expense is no longer acceptable. Clearly Political Parties are corrupt ande for hire by ve4sted interests. I suggest public enquirey into finding a cheaper more effective foim of democracY Direct Mafia rule might be more cost affective and based on common sense. Ivorromaleyn

10:38pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

Civil servants running the Government, Jimrob? You'll be telling us that senior officials are running Wirral Council next....;-)
Civil servants running the Government, Jimrob? You'll be telling us that senior officials are running Wirral Council next....;-) Ben Beaconsfield

10:03am Wed 18 Apr 12

greasychip says...

As serious as this story is, I have to chuckle - I bet Angela can't beleive her luck, a local opposition MP is more of an intellectual lightweight than her! I have laid into Frank Field in another thread, but at least he has some orginal thought and isn't merely regurgitating national policy without any convicntion or indeed understanding!
As serious as this story is, I have to chuckle - I bet Angela can't beleive her luck, a local opposition MP is more of an intellectual lightweight than her! I have laid into Frank Field in another thread, but at least he has some orginal thought and isn't merely regurgitating national policy without any convicntion or indeed understanding! greasychip

3:58pm Wed 18 Apr 12

hugo2008 says...

Angela should know about redundancy payments, just ask her what she recieved out of the public purse, when Labour lost out to the Con/Lib Coalition, and she was not even made jobless.

Check out what any MP gets in payoff if the lose their seat in an election.
Check what a Local Councillor recieves when they fail to get re-elected in a local election.

The total amounts of money is more than most people earn in 10 years of work in industry or commerce and trade.

MPs and Councillors are parasites feeding of the Tax and Rate payers at great expense for very little return, scrap the lot.

Lets have some real democracy and value for money, we are worth it.
Angela should know about redundancy payments, just ask her what she recieved out of the public purse, when Labour lost out to the Con/Lib Coalition, and she was not even made jobless. Check out what any MP gets in payoff if the lose their seat in an election. Check what a Local Councillor recieves when they fail to get re-elected in a local election. The total amounts of money is more than most people earn in 10 years of work in industry or commerce and trade. MPs and Councillors are parasites feeding of the Tax and Rate payers at great expense for very little return, scrap the lot. Lets have some real democracy and value for money, we are worth it. hugo2008

8:55am Thu 19 Apr 12

hugo2008 says...

Hey punters what do you think of the tales that we may soon have Sir Frank of the Fields in the next round of Dis-Honours List.

Rumoured to be put forward by some very prominent Conservative MPs, Question: is Sir Frank of the Fields a Labour MP or a Con/Dem supporter in disguise.
Perhaps he just knows where the parliamentary secrets lay in this hurly burly government of the day.
Hey punters what do you think of the tales that we may soon have Sir Frank of the Fields in the next round of Dis-Honours List. Rumoured to be put forward by some very prominent Conservative MPs, Question: is Sir Frank of the Fields a Labour MP or a Con/Dem supporter in disguise. Perhaps he just knows where the parliamentary secrets lay in this hurly burly government of the day. hugo2008

9:59am Thu 19 Apr 12

greasychip says...

hugo2008 wrote:
Hey punters what do you think of the tales that we may soon have Sir Frank of the Fields in the next round of Dis-Honours List. Rumoured to be put forward by some very prominent Conservative MPs, Question: is Sir Frank of the Fields a Labour MP or a Con/Dem supporter in disguise. Perhaps he just knows where the parliamentary secrets lay in this hurly burly government of the day.
He's doing more with the condem policies than most in government, so why wouldn't they want to honour that. It might even spur some of their own MPs to be even more gung-ho and advance their chances of recognition. In addition getting MPs to interfere and override local democracy is a a way of still controlling stuff from the 'centre' whilst preaching about localism...
[quote][p][bold]hugo2008[/bold] wrote: Hey punters what do you think of the tales that we may soon have Sir Frank of the Fields in the next round of Dis-Honours List. Rumoured to be put forward by some very prominent Conservative MPs, Question: is Sir Frank of the Fields a Labour MP or a Con/Dem supporter in disguise. Perhaps he just knows where the parliamentary secrets lay in this hurly burly government of the day.[/p][/quote]He's doing more with the condem policies than most in government, so why wouldn't they want to honour that. It might even spur some of their own MPs to be even more gung-ho and advance their chances of recognition. In addition getting MPs to interfere and override local democracy is a a way of still controlling stuff from the 'centre' whilst preaching about localism... greasychip

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