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NHS Reorganisation — [Mike Gapes in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 2:30 pm, 12th December 2018

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. He touches on the reorganisation way back in 2012. Clinical commissioning groups were created, but they are not accountable to the public—we have problems trying to find out what their budgets are and so forth. We have the same problem with NHS England, which is another very difficult organisation to deal with. As a result of all this reorganisation, we have organisations that are not really accountable to the public, and the public do not get their voices heard.

My hon. Friend touched on staff salaries. If we worked it out, we would probably find that they have had an 8% real-terms cut in wages over the past seven or eight years, on top of which they have to pay car parking charges for the privilege of serving the public. Does he agree that that cannot be right?