NHS: Redundancy

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Mawson Lord Mawson Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who have received redundancy payments from the National Health Service since the reorganisation in April 2013 have been re-employed by the National Health Service as either consultants or permanent staff; and what has been the cost to public funds of those redundancy repayments.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The number of National Health Service staff made redundant since 31 March 2013 and re-employed on a permanent basis after more than four weeks, up until 30 November 2013, is estimated to be 310. A further 200 have been re-employed on a fixed term basis.

Not all of these will have been eligible for a redundancy payment. Under NHS redundancy rules, if employees obtain suitable alternative employment within four weeks of the termination of their contract, they would not be entitled to their redundancy payment.

The total value of all redundancy payments made are required to be disclosed in each individual NHS organisation's annual accounts. However, it will not be possible to identify what value relates to re-employed staff.

We do not hold information relating to people providing consultancy services to the NHS.

By reducing managers and administrators by over 21,100, we are freeing up extra resources for patient care - £5.5 billion in this parliament and £1.5 billion every year thereafter.

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