NHS Workforce and Service Development

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 11th October 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 12:44 pm, 11th October 2006

I will in a moment, but to my hon. Friend Mr. Chope.

Labour Members might like to explain why the Prime Minister gets up and issues a denial in this, when the NHS Confederation says:

"The figures being widely quoted of up to 20,000 may turn out to not be too far off the total reduction in workforce numbers this year".

In fact, what the NHS Confederation is saying is worse than I thought because it is talking about an overall reduction of 20,000, whereas I am talking only about an announced 20,000 posts to be cut in the hospital sector. One might have imagined that there would be at least some compensating increase in posts in the community sector, but that is not, apparently, the experience of the NHS Confederation.