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NHS revamp costing £4m in Tower Hamlets for redundancy and rehiring, MP claims

PUBLISHED: 18:31 17 April 2012

MP Jim Fitzpatrick

MP Jim Fitzpatrick

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Reorganising the NHS in London’s deprived East End is costing nearly £4 million so far in redundancy payouts in Tower Hamlets alone.

But many staff being paid off are having to be rehired elsewhere in the health service, claims MP Jim Fitzpatrick.

“This is only the first wave of redundancies,” said the Poplar & Limehouse MP. “More are expected later as part of the reckless Government reorganisation that will cost £19 million in east London.

“The public will want to know why our local NHS has been forced to waste nearly £4m so far, with many of the same staff having to be re-employed in the new NHS organisations.

“Pushing ahead with a re-organisation no-one wants means back-office waste and front-line cuts.”

Labour claims the bill for Cameron’s controversial NHS revamp will cost the country £3 billion, according to data it says it has gleaned from a leaked Government paper.

Tower Hamlets’ NHS has already spent £3,820,000 laying off staff, it is claimed, with £19,328,145 being held back from NHS patient care to pay for the reorganisation.

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