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Lib Dems reveal plans for NHS spending cuts

By Ian Quinn

The Liberal Democrats this week revealed plans for massive spending cuts in the NHS, including scrapping strategic health authorities and dozens of top management posts.

The party's health spokesman, Norman Lamb, said the NHS had turned into a ‘bureaucratic monster ‘, which included dozens of quango chiefs on more money than the Prime Minister. ‘The time has come to sort this out,' he told the party's conference, outlining plans including cutting the size of the Department of Health by half and scrapping strategic health authorities.

Mr Lamb told the conference in Bournemouth: ‘Labour's leviathan has grown so large that health quangos alone now cost around £1.2bn a year, employing 25,000 people and with 24 quango chiefs being paid more the Prime Minister.'

‘We will wield an axe to the quango state.'

Scrapping SHAs, he said, would result in ‘huge savings, not only in central costs, but in every hospital.'

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