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Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4 billion of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs. More than 950 health workers received six-figure exit deals last year, up from 620 in 2011 - 2012.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the figures show the "colossal waste of money" the Coalition government's NHS re-organisation has cost the country.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has criticised the government for the redundancy payments given to senior NHS managers. Writing on Twitter, the Labour MP said:
Department of Health figures show that in the 12 months to April 2013, NHS managers approved 12,171 "exit packages" for staff - many of whom could be re-employed under different contracts.
The figures, released by Labour, show:
- 157 managers got more than £200,000 - up 50% from the year before
- 801 managers were awarded between £100,000 and £200,000, also up more than 50%
NHS managers have squandered £1.4 billion on axing staff as part of the Prime Minister's shake-up of the health service, Labour have claimed.
Latest Department of Health figures show pay-offs were given to 330 managers topping £200,000.