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Millions wasted on NHS redundancy payments, Labour claims

Millions wasted on NHS redundancy payments, Labour claims

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At least £1.4 billion from the NHS budget was spent on redundancies since the coalition came to power, according to the Labour Party. 

The figures are based on NHS England’s accounts for 2012/13, which were released last week. 

Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary said it amounts to “waste on a colossal scale”. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he said that the redundancies were the result of an NHS restructuring that “no-one wanted and nobody voted for”.

However, care and support minister Norman Lamb said the government was slimming down the “over-bloated bureaucracy Labour created”. 

Burnham said the NHS' accounts showed there had been a total of 32,000 pay-offs since the coalition government was formed in 2010.

The latest figures showed more than 950 health workers received six-figure redundancy packages last year, up from around 620 in 2011-12, he added.

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