Secret report recommending mass NHS job losses published

The confidential report that recommended cutting 137,000 NHS jobs has finally been published by the DoH.

Mr Lansley: staff could be ‘redeployed' to improve productivity
Mr Lansley: staff could be ‘redeployed' to improve productivity

On its release, health secretary Andrew Lansley distanced himself from the infamous DoH report, and promised that staff could be 'redeployed' to improve productivity rather than made redundant.

The previously unreleased report, produced in March 2009 under Labour by consultants McKinsey, said 137,000 jobs could be cut and services of little value should be dropped to make savings.

Achieving World Class Productivity in the NHS 2009/10 - 2013/14: Detailing the Size of the Opportunity set out McKinsey's vision of how the NHS in England could save £13-20bn over the next five years.

The biggest staff and budget cuts in the report target hospital trusts, but it proposes the primary care budget is cut by 13% and community budgets by up to 28%.

The report also suggests that the variation in productivity between GP practices could be reduced drastically by increasing working hours.

NHS London recently released another controversial McKinsey report that was believed to have informed plans to replace local hospitals with polysystems, and slash GP appointment times by up to 20%.

Soon after taking office, Mr Lansley ‘called a halt' to the plans, saying any future policy must have the approval of local GPs.

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