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DoH rejects NHS jobs cuts

3rd September 2009

The government has rejected proposals to cut 137,000 jobs from the NHS across England.

Consultancy firm McKinsey and Company had suggested job cuts as a means of making efficiency savings across the organisation.

But while the Department of Health (DoH) said that there was a clear case to improve efficiency, it indicated that job cuts were not appropriate.

Commenting on the confidential report, which was leaked to the Health Service Journal, health minister Mike O'Brien said that 'there were no plans to adopt these proposals'.

He said: 'The government does not believe the right answer to improving the NHS now or in the future is to cut the NHS workforce.

'In core frontline services like maternity, nursing and primary care, we need more staff rather than fewer.'

In July, the DoH announced plans to treble the number of NHS apprenticeships with GBP 25 million of funding to create 5,000 new positions by March 2010.

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