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Figures show start of NHS management cull

By Ian Quinn

The Department of Health has welcomed the start of a massive cull of NHS managers, with the release of new figures showing numbers, particularly of senior managers, beginning to fall.

Statistics from the NHS Information Centre show a reduction of 0.4% in the overall full time employment of senior managers and managers between September 2009 and April 2010, with a 3.5% fall in senior managers and 2.0% fall in all managers from March to April.

Clare Chapman, director general for workforce at the DH, said: ‘This data shows the beginning of a downward trend in the number of managers in the NHS. This reduction in management costs will allow us to reinvest in clinical care to meet rising demand and improving outcomes.

However, the blood on the carpet at PCTs and other organisations is nothing compared to what is to come.

The Operating Framework published in December pledged to reduce management costs by 30% by 2013/14, a figure subsequently increased to 45% in the revisions which came with the health White Paper.