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Hike in managers returning to NHS after redundancy pay-offs

Nearly 4,000 managers have been rehired by health service organisations since being made redundant during the government’s NHS re-organisation, according to latest figures.

A government response to a parliamentary question tabled by the Labour party revealed that the number had reached 3,950, meaning it has almost doubled in the last year from 2,200.

Labour said the information would be particularly “galling” for nurses in the wake of last week’s threat by ministers to hold-back a 1% basic pay rise from the majority of NHS nurses.

“It will be utterly galling for nurses to see cheques handed out like confetti to people who have now been rehired”

Andy Burnham

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling asked the government how many NHS staff had been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations on a permanent and fixed-term contract basis since May 2010.

In response, health minister Daniel Poulter said the number estimated to have been made redundant and subsequently – up until November 2013 – re-employed by the NHS on a permanent basis was 2,570. On a fixed term contract basis it was 1,380.

Dan Poulter

Dan Poulter

He noted that the estimates were derived from unvalidated data from the Electronic Staff Record Data Warehouse.

Dr Poulter added: “By reducing managers and administrators by over 21,100, we are freeing up extra resources for patient care – £5.5bn in this parliament and £1.5bn every year thereafter.”

However, Labour claimed that non-clinical NHS staff made redundant in the reorganisation received average pay-offs of £43,000 and 2,300 received packages worth six figures.

In a statement targeted at nursing staff, Labour health spokesman Andy Burnham said: “It will be utterly galling for nurses who’ve just had a pay cut from David Cameron to see he’s been handing out cheques like confetti to people who have now been rehired.

“On his watch, we have seen pay-offs for managers and pay cuts for nurses,” he said.

He claimed the government’s NHS re-organisation had wasted £3bn and “left the NHS in a weak financial position”, for which “nurses are paying the price”.

Mr Burnham said: “The sickening scale of the waste caused by Cameron’s reorganisation is finally becoming clear. It will infuriate people who can’t get a GP appointment or nurses who are struggling to pay the bills.

“It’s clear that people who received pay-offs are now coming back to the NHS in ever greater numbers,” he added.

 

Readers' comments (12)

  • so what are the managers responsible for that is more important than people's lives? money? well ask any member of the public what they value the most...

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  • NHS non clinical staff recieving large redundancy payoff's then being remployed again by the same organisation, what a farce and yes it is nursing staff that are being told there is no money to pay you a pay increase, which may help with the extra pension contributions we will be paying again and the cost of living in this country.
    There are too many layers of management, and how they justify their role is beyond me...

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  • They cannot 'justify their role', Anonymous 17-Mar-2014 2:31 pm....

    In all truth they have no role whatsoever in providing the delivery of care. The Service worked efficiently and patients were treated and discharged home safely long before these overpaid and unqualified 'managers' were gifted their posts by consecutive Tory and New Labour administrations whose agenda was and still is preparing the NHS for privatisation.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Mar-2014 1:04 pm

    are you suggesting that nobody should be managing the money?

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  • Quote
    In a statement targeted at nursing staff, Labour health spokesman Andy Burnham said: “It will be utterly galling for nurses who’ve just had a pay cut from David Cameron to see he’s been handing out cheques like confetti to people who have now been rehired.

    “On his watch, we have seen pay-offs for managers and pay cuts for nurses,” he said.
    Unquote.

    Perhaps Mr Burnham will explain why 13 years of New Labour administration failed to reverse Thatcher's policies, in fact they hastened the process...

    Will Miliband change the present NHS trend of employing administrative staff while our patients are left at risk on dirty, unclean, understaffed wards? I don't think so, talk is very cheap...

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  • tinkerbell

    Scandalous. I asked if I could retire and return and was told 'no, we don't do that anymore'.

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  • tinkerbell | 17-Mar-2014 6:28 pm

    you can take your pension, and return, if there is a post for you. Taking your pension is having what is rightfully yours. That is totally different to redundancy and return. I agree the latter is scandalous, costing the NHS to 'get rid' of unnecessary posts, only to re-employ them in what maybe other unnecessary posts, as Roger suggests.

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  • dan poulter is a HUNT!!!!!!

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  • tinkerbell

    By jove, i think i've got it. So let's get this straight. There was to be no top down reorganisation of the nhs, then there was a top down reorganisation, then those who got made redundant from manager posts have now been reinstated. All nicely lined up under their new private contracts no doubt and put in place as sleepers for when it all kicks off. Kerching!

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  • This is disgraceful. They should volunteer to give pay the money back and, in anycase, if they were redundant once there are STILL redundant. Too many chiefs and not enough foot sloggers

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  • The lunatics really have taken over the asylum. Can't believe I am reading this! How dare anyone blame nurses for the failings in the NHS when this crap is going on?! Cut the nusing posts, pay nurses less, blame them for all the wrongdoings while the managers who got made redundant can return. Does that mean that the reasons for their initial redundancy were invalid/wrong/unwise/misguided? IF yes, sack the b.. who are responsible.
    I despair. And people wonder why nurses are demoralised, disheartened, disgusted with this government? Read this and you will know exactly why...

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  • One can be compassionate but unable to show it. One can be taught to show one's compassion more effectively.
    Interviews need to use psychological profiling. Or psychics. Or maybe both. I think that most people, especially in the "caring profession" can use their intuition to see beyond the obvious niceties of interviewees responses. Perhaps the interviewer could pretend to trip up, drop something or be in pain to see how the interviewee reacts. Just a thought!

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