NHS spend £1.4bn on axing staff

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.

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950 NHS managers received six-figure exit deals

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.

Read: NHS managers spend £1.4bn on 'axing staff'

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.

At a time when the NHS needs every penny it can get, we have a Prime Minister handing out gold-plated, six-figure pay-offs to thousands of managers and P45s to thousands of nurses.

Billions have been siphoned out of the NHS front-line to pay for an unnecessary re-organisation no-one voted for and David Cameron personally promised would not happen. It is a colossal waste of money.

The money he has wasted on pay-outs for managers could instead have prevented the thousands of nurse redundancies we have seen on this Prime Minister's watch. It will be galling for any nurses who have lost their jobs to see the sickening scale of these pay-outs.

– Health Secretary Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham slams 'pure waste' of NHS payouts

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:

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157 NHS stay receive payouts worth more than £200K

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 spend £1.4bn on 'axing staff'

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.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to nursing staff during a visit to Birmingham Children's Hospital. Credit: David Jones/PA wire
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