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Sudden Cuts in PCT Budget Plans

The Government have suddenly announced that they intend reducing the planned budget for PCTs in Birmingham and Solihull by £18,931,000 in 2006/7, £28,395,000 in 2007/8 and £37,862,000.

This has been announced internally at the last minute and will result in a lengthening of waiting times for Medical Treatment in Birmingham.

I raised the issue calling for an extended debate on this as distinct to the issue of dental treatment at Business Questions today. There will be a health service debate next week at which I will try to raise these issues which are national issues that hit hard in Birmingham.


Liberal Neil said…
I'm sure Evan will happily brief you on the first class job the Oxfordshire NHS regime is doing to slash our budgets here John!
Bob Piper said…
John, you're a man of many figures. Could you tell me what £19million of the Birmingham & Solihull OCT budgets is as a percentage of their annual budget, and what percentage of their budget is represented by managerial and admin costs...then we will be in a better position to judge whether your statement about "a lengthening of waiting times for Medical Treatment in Birmingham" is fact and what are the usual Hemming scare stories. As you are well aware, waiting times under a Labour Government have been massively reduced since 1979, and they have put more money into the NHS than the Lib Dems even promised to do.

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