Commissioning reforms redundancy count exceeds 10,000
More than 10,000 NHS staff have been made redundant in the past three financial years as a result of the government’s commissioning reforms, according to official figures published today.
New information was published by the Department of Health on Tuesday in its final “people tracker” document, which collects workforce information on the reform transition.
It also reveals that the proportion of those made redundant who are female was slightly bigger than the proportion of women in the overall commissioning workforce.
The people tracker is based on information from “sender”, which were abolished by the Health Act.
The tracker reported that sender organisations made 2,394 redundancies in 2012-13. That followed an estimated 5,600 in 2010-11 and 2,100 in 2011-12 - bringing the total to more than 10,000.
A further 3,841 left through “natural attrition”.
The DH’s initial estimates of the impact of the Health Act, published in January 2011, said there were 64,200 staff in affected organisations - mainly primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, and the Department of Health.
It expected 15,800 redundancies and 3,600 staff to leave through wastage. It suggests fewer staff have left than expected, although the DH has since acknowledged its own initial figures were uncertain.
It is also possible there will be further in commissioning staff reductions as a result of the reorganisation, as some were moved to temporary posts on April 1. Some were “lifted and shifted” to NHS England, and their functions could still be restructured.
Meanwhile, the people tracker shows 34,204 people in sender organisations in 2012-13 found jobs in the new system, in bodies such as NHS England, clinical commissioning groups and commissioning support units.
Although 68.4 per cent of the workforce affected by the transition were female, women accounted for 72.2 per cent of those made redundant.
The report says the DH “achieved a successful people transition process while minimising redundancies and maximising the retention of essential skills.”