HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds are being wasted on controversially re-shaping Wigan’s health services, it was claimed today.
Research by Wigan’s MP has revealed the scale of “hidden” spending required to carry out the Government’s re-organisation of patient care.
Lisa Nandy has discovered that Wigan NHS bosses last year spent almost £750,000 on the redundancy costs of laying off hospital and clinic staff across the borough.
Meanwhile, more than £22m in Wigan is currently being held back from patient care service, to pay for the on-going shake-up in the form of a Government-ordered two per cent Primary Care Trust budget demand from 2011/12 and 2012/13 as part of a figure now equating to £3.45bn across England.
Ms Nandy said that borough residents will be furious to know that cash that could be spent on reducing waiting lists “was being squandered on Prime Minister David Cameron’s arrogance.”
But a Health Minister told the Evening Post today that the Wigan MP was guilty of deliberately taking a short-term view.
FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (MONDAY) ...