Local MP Andrew Gwynne has attacked the huge cost of redundancy payments for staff being cut from the two Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) covering the Denton and Reddish constituency.
Between 2010-12 Tameside and Glossop PCT spent £741,000 and Stockport PCT spent £2,494,000 on compulsory redundancies and other exits.
This means the PCTs serving patients across Denton and Reddish have spent a staggering £3,235,000 on NHS redundancies. This information was provided through a Parliamentary Question.
According to the Government’s own figures, so far £1.6 billion nationally has been diverted away from patient care and the NHS front-line and spent on back-office restructuring. To date £1 billion has been spent on managerial redundancies – 1,300 six-figure pay-outs and, scandalously, 173 over £200,000.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is shocking that there is such a waste of public money on this vast scale, resulting from the Government’s NHS reorganisation. It is scandalous to spend this amount on health staff pay-offs, only for many to be re-employed in the Government’s chaotic new NHS bureaucracy.”
“I am very concerned that across Tameside and Glossop PCT and Stockport PCT a total of £3,235,000 has been used to pay for redundancies. This is money that should be for front line patient care in not wasted on handing out P45s to health staff.”
More than £250 million has been spent by PCTs nationwide in exit payments over the two-year period, including compulsory and voluntary redundancies, early retirements, mutually agreed resignations and pay in lieu of notice. Now another wave of payments is being made as the remaining PCTs are replaced by groups led by GPs who will commission NHS services under the Tory-led government’s health reforms.