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UK government warned about cost-cutting in the NHS

The result of a report which was commissioned by a senior executive at the Department of Health has seriously backfired on the UK government after a conclusion that one tenth of the NHS workforce should be jettisoned to save money. This would equate to 137,000 jobs although potential savings could top £20 billion a year at a time when the UK government is under extreme pressure to reduce public spending. So how did the UK government respond?

Despite the fact that it is obvious the report was commissioned by the Department of Health, the minister at the head of the Department has distanced himself from the report and confirmed it has already been rejected. This will be further fuel to the fire of the public sector debate with the Conservative Party already confirming that significant cost savings will be made if they obtain power at the next general election.

The Labour Party is now under extreme pressure to confirm how it plans to reduce public sector spending with the NHS now an obvious target. Quite how the authorities can reject the findings of a report commissioned by its own Department is a mystery, as are the future investment plans of the current UK government.

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