Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA, said: “We agree absolutely that slashing posts represents a false economy”
Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, said the research “gives the lie to Government claims the NHS was safe in their hands”. He said: “Not only are they reorganising the NHS in a way that strips out many of its founding principles, but also insisting on immediate cuts that will certainly harm frontline services.”
“Cutting staff or services is not the only, nor the best, way to save money in the NHS. There needs to be a much greater focus on reducing waste, such as that created by the bureaucracy of the internal market.”
A grassroots revolt against NHS reforms is growing among GPs. Doctors, alarmed at measures to increase competition and encourage privatisation, are demanding that the British Medical Association adopt a tougher line with the Government.