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Monday, March 27, 2006
  Treasury Hatchett Men sent into University Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust to do emergency cost surgery on New Hospital
An emergency meeting of Consultants has been called together for Thursday Evening to respond to demands from the Treasury for reductions in Costs in the proposed new Hospital on the QE Site.

An email was sent by management to 400 Consultants and Professors, on Monday morning, calling them together for a crunch meeting on Thursday Night to look at cost cutting. The bean counters from the Treasury are to be parachuted into the Hospital on Friday and Monday to do emergency surgery on the costs of the scheme.

Angry medical staff have contacted local MP John Hemming who has said:

"The reason there is this paniced search for cuts is because the NHS generally is in a financial mess. This is unfair for the UB NHS Foundation Trust which is one of the best run hospitals in the country. They have been in balance for 11 successive years, are high performing and the local PCTs have agreed that the finances for this scheme stacks up."

"It is wrong to make Birmingham suffer for the inadequacies of schemes in London. This hospital has been planned for some time and is important for the whole region. We should not be forced into having cuts in our local hospital services as a result of government incompetence."

"I am very worrried about the Treasury sending in the hatchet men and will be asking questions about this of the Health Minister."
 
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