Belvedere Ward Councillor David Leaf has written to the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to express his concerns over reports that by 2011 there will be a shortfall of 14,000 nurses, 1,200 GPs and 1,100 junior and staff-grade doctors. The figures come from a draft version of the 2008-2011 NHS pay and workforce strategy.
Cllr Leaf said: “I am very worried that local NHS services will be threatened by future staff shortages. Local NHS Trusts serving patients in Bexley and
Greenwich already have to tackle massive deficits and the health of local residents must not be put at risk.” “The Labour Government is clearly to blame for the financial mess that the NHS is in. Their constant meddling and re-organising of services makes it difficult for local NHS Trusts to plan their needs and the lack of joined up thinking in Government now threatens NHS services, jobs and patients.” “Last year the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt claimed that the NHS was having its best ever year, but this year she will need to do much better. The current financial crisis will mean cuts to training budgets that will have serious long term implications. The Government needs to sort it out or get out.”
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