A storm erupted last night after it emerged that not a single administrator’s job was lost when the NHS in Wales was reorganised in October.
Although the number of Local Health Boards shrank from 22 to seven and dozens of highly-paid top management posts disappeared, no-one has been invited to apply for voluntary redundancy
or otherwise been forced to take it.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Andrew RT Davies said:
We were promised NHS restructuring would deflate Labour’s bloated health service bureaucracy and refocus delivery on to frontline patient care.
People pay tax and National Insurance to receive first-class healthcare, not to bankroll administrators and bureaucrats.
David Rosser, director of CBI Wales, said:
This is a situation that a lot of people in the private sector and a lot of taxpayers will be angry about.
Nobody likes to make people redundant, but sadly there are times when efficiency savings have to be made.
It is inconceivable that a reorganisation along these lines could take place in the private sector without a reduction in head count.
This does not augur well for the savings the Assembly Government will need to make in the coming years.
The Assembly Government said:
We expect to see a reduction in management costs over time but this was never the primary purpose of the reform programme. The main savings of the reforms will result from reducing the transactional costs associated with the internal market.