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Bromley PCT jobs at risk

Bromley PCT jobs at risk

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EXCLUSIVE: Job losses and a merger are on the cards after Primary Care Trust staff were called to an impromptu meeting this morning.

EXCLUSIVE: Job losses and a merger are on the cards after Primary Care Trust staff were called to an impromptu meeting this morning.

Bromley PCT workers were summoned at 11.30am to hear how they must cut management costs by 2011/12 instead of 2012/13. It will mean major cuts in staff if they are to meet the new targets.

The Bromley Times has revealed in recent weeks how its finance director Marie Farrell and joint public health director Dr Nada Lemic earn between £102,500 and £135,000 salaries.

A consultation for a Government white paper outlining the end of all PCTs by 2013 is due to end next Thursday. If the plans are approved, commissioning powers will be handed back to GPs.

But some have already expressed concerns at how fast the ball is rolling. Earlier this month the Royal College of General Practitioners called for Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to delay the proposals after a survey of its members found there was mass opposition.

The report stated: “GPs will be seen as the purse-holders: this could reduce public trust and decrease their ability to advocate for patients, and they will be blamed for failures and cuts in services.”

Dr Jackie Tavabie, part of Bromley’s clinical commissioning group, said there were “many gaps” in the ‘Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS’ white paper and that it is unclear how they will be implemented with such tight financial constraints.

She added: “GPs would be concerned if they felt they were compromising the patient. We would not want GPs to only think about the money.”

Bromley PCT confirmed the meeting but said it would not provide more details until later today.

See Bromley Times for full story.

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