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Birmingham sees 235% Rise in Spending on Expensive A&E Stand-in Doctors

Shocking figures that show a sharp rise in spending on stand-in locum doctors have been revealed by Labour.

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley, 
Jess Phillips, claims that the NHS staff are being "let down by a Government
who are making it harder, not easier, for them".

Consequently, though our Tory-led Government repeatedly misses its own A&E waiting time targets, the NHS Trusts are actually costing more than ever to provide the service.

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips said:

Across Birmingham, David Cameron’s unwanted and unnecessary top-down NHS re-organisation has distracted hospitals away from the most important thing: the front line.

“This re-organisation has contributed towards the A&E crisis we are now in. People are waiting longer now than before and incredibly it is costing NHS Trusts more to provide a worse A&E service.”

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, feels similarly to Jess Phillips, saying:

“The full consequences of David Cameron’s disastrous re-organisation are now being felt across the NHS.

“Doctors pleaded with the Prime Minister to stick to his promise of ‘no top-down re-organisation’ because they knew it would drag the NHS down and distract attention from the front-line. Cameron refused to listen and ploughed on regardless, dismantling workforce planning structures just when senior A&E doctors were warning of a looming recruitment crisis.”

Since the Tory-led Government came to power, the amount spent on temporary A&E locums has risen by £2,524,378 across Birmingham. This means that it has doubled from £1,865,863 in 2009/10 to £4,390,241 last year.

This is a huge 235% rise in cost.

It can sometimes cost £1,500 a shift to employ locum doctors. This is four times as much as filling a shift with permanent staff.


Jess Phillips, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Yardley, also said:

NHS staff do a fantastic job, but they are being let down by a Government who are making it harder, not easier, for them.

“The Government needs to get a grip and take steps to bring down the bill for stand-in doctors and ensure that all of Birmingham’s A&E departments have the permanent doctors they need to get through the busy Winter period.”


Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said:

“This Government is guilty of gross mismanagement of the NHS. They are paying more for an A&E service which is getting worse by the week. And things have got so bad that many doctors are deciding to quit.

“Sadly it is patients who are paying the price for Cameron’s arrogance. More than a million people have waited more than four hours to be seen in the last year.

This is an A&E crisis of David Cameron’s own making and there’s a real danger it will overwhelm hospitals. He must urgently get to grips with it”.

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