NHS: Redundancy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on NHS staff redundancies in each year since 2011-12.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The total cost of National Health Service compulsory redundancies and ‘other departures’ since 2011-12 to 2012-13 and the total cost of NHS redundancies, both compulsory and voluntary, from 2013-14 is as follows:

Year

Total cost (£000s)

2011-12

417,290

2012-13

429,702

2013-14

142,064

2014-15

144,419

2015-16

89,370

2016-17

64,725

2017-18

64,394

Years 2011-12 and 2012-13 include NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.

Years 2013-14 to 2017-18 include NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups. Clinical commissioning group data is consolidated with NHS England data and cannot be disaggregated.

‘Other departures’ include voluntary redundancies, as well as the following categories of exit package payments:

- mutually agreed resignations contractual costs;

- early retirements in the efficiency of the service contractual costs;

- contractual payments in lieu of notice;

- exit payments following employment tribunals or court orders; and

- non-contractual payments requiring HM Treasury approval.

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